Newham Mayor says arms fair is unwelcome

The Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz OBE, has said the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair is abhorrent and unwelcome in the borough.

Mayor Fiaz said: “It is abhorrent that such an event should happen in Newham and the council is opposed to the DSEI going ahead in our borough.

“Newham is a very diverse borough and many of our communities have links across the globe to those areas that have been affected by conflict, displacement and the horror of war.

“Newham Council resolved to oppose the DSEI in 2019 and our message to the arms trade remains; “you are not welcome, don’t come back in the future”.

The Mayor will speak at an event organised by CND opposing the DSEI arms fair.

The Council resolved to oppose the DSEI arms fair in 2019.

DSEI will run at the ExCeL exhibition centre in the Royal Docks from 10 to 13 September, the Mayor will be speaking at the CND event on Tuesday 14 September. The event can be viewed online: 6.30pm on Tuesday, more details are available on the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament webpage.

Published: 14 Sep 2021