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Boris tells MP Fitzpatrick to 'get on his bike' over Muslim wedding

PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:49 05 October 2010

By Else Kvist THE London Mayor used a visit to the East London Mosque today to call for greater understanding among communities. Boris Johnson also refused to call for a ban on segregated events and cr

By Else Kvist

THE London Mayor used a visit to the East London Mosque today to call for greater

understanding among communities. Boris Johnson also refused to call for a ban on segregated events and criticised Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick for walking out of a Muslim wedding because he could not sit with his wife.

Mr Johnson arrived on bicycle from City Hall to the mosque on Whitechapel Road. After visiting the prayer hall a press conference was held at the next door Muslim centre, the same venue as where the wedding took place.

Mr Johnson said: "I think it is part of my responsibility as Mayor to help bring down barriers between communities."

But he told reporters afterwards that he did not think it was part of his role to tell people how to organise religious events nor community meetings.

Mr Johnson then jumped on his bike to Mile End Hospital where he is meeting five-year-old Maria Michael, who is getting a powered wheelchair with the help of charity Whizz-Kidz.


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