Greater London Authority ranked a dismal 278th in Stonewall Equality Index

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A Freedom of Information request has revealed the Greater London Authority (GLA) was ranked 278th for this year’s Stonewall Workplace Equality Index – falling from second place in 2008.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who runs Transport for London (TfL) and the London Fire Brigade (LFB), promised last year to return the GLA to Stonewall’s Index at the charity’s mayoral hustings event. 

Stonewall announced their 2013 ‘Top 100 Employers in the Workplace Equality Index’ in January.

During 2008, TfL was ranked sixth and the LFB ranked 13th, but neither were placed in this year’s index.

Labour London-wide Assembly Member Tom Copley said: “I am shocked that under Boris Johnson the Greater London Authority has gone from second in Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2013 to 278th.

“Boris is letting down the LGBT community by failing to measure whether City Hall, TfL and the LFB are gay-friendly institutions to work in.

“As the Mayor of London, Boris should set an example to other organisations across London and pride himself on being the head of an organisation that goes above and beyond written policies on equality issues, instead of burying his head in the sand.”