Rt Revd David Williams, Bishop of Basingstoke spoke in support of the inquiry launched by Basingstoke's MP Maria Miller. The Inquiry seeks to gather the voices of a diverse cross section of individuals from Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) background who live in the Basingstoke constituency.
Rt Revd David Williams, Bishop of Basingstoke said; “This inquiry provides a safe place for Basingstoke’s BAME community to have their say: it is absolutely vital that as many people as possible use it to share their experiences and challenges, so that they can be better understood and addressed.
I am immensely encouraged that ten community leaders have met with Maria Miller to discuss the issues raised. The evidence gathered, together with the results of the discussions, will ultimately enable the relevant organisations to work together towards making Basingstoke a positive environment for everyone who lives and works here. “
Cllr Simon Bound Deputy Leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council also added his support; “The Inquiry into the lived experiences of the BAME community here in Basingstoke plays a valuable role; The more we encourage honest dialogue in our community the more we can strengthen the bonds between us all. Basingstoke is a wonderful example of a community that can come together in times of need and we can all continue to work together to make sure that everyone feels valued.”
“I would encourage people from the BAME community to fill in the questionnaire which will give us a real understanding as what we need to do to ensure that Basingstoke is a place where everyone can thrive.”
Maria said; “I have spoken to community leaders and I am delighted that so many BAME communities in Basingstoke are willing to share their experiences. Individual participation in this inquiry is also vital and I encourage BAME residents in Basingstoke to fill out the questionnaire. Any constituents from BAME communities can take part and have their voice heard.”