Head of public affairs at The Challenge discusses multicultural Britain on LBC
On Monday, the results of research were issued to media, leading with a headline that four in ten people in the UK believe multiculturalism is undermining British culture. National radio station, Leading Britain’s Conversation (LBC), ran a discussion on the results on the Shelagh Fogarty show and asked head of public affairs Richard Bell to take part.
Richard spoke alongside Kehinde Andrews, Senior lecturer in sociology at Birmingham City University, author of “Resisting Racism: Race, Inequality and the Black Supplementary School Movement”.
Richard highlighted how encouraging it is to see that generally people feel more positively than negatively towards multiculturalism.
He asserted the importance of those people who believe passionately in the benefits of diversity to avoid complacency.
Richard also shared details on how this particular piece of research shows that generally people’s attitudes towards those who are different to them are much more positive when they have the opportunity to meet and mix with them. Citing The Challenge, Richard highlighted how the organisation strives to create a more integrated society by delivering programmes bringing people of different backgrounds together, with NCS being one such programme – increasing empathy and understanding amongst young people.
The key findings were:
- The UK population is slightly more positive than negative about immigration
- The study found that people in large cities were the most likely to be positive about immigration
- There is widespread frustration at the government’s handling of immigration
- More than a quarter of people think MPs don’t tell the truth about immigration
You can hear Richard on-air from 6 minutes and 10 seconds into this clip.
The results came from the combination of a survey of 3,667 adults carried out in June by ICM, as well as 60 citizens’ panels carried out on behalf of British Future and the group Hope Not Hate.