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A tale of two cities: I love London but I need it to embrace diversity and love me back

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I love London unconditionally. It is my home and it fills me with pride when I say I’m a Londoner. But I’d like this thriving democracy to look into its black and ethnic communities and find the diversity of its history.

I grew up in Hackney and Dagenhan. Leaving aside the “Dagenham is Essex” debate, I’ll happily maintain that it’s Greater London (which it is). I remember going to my local youth club and learning about current affairs, or my state school where I got top grades and a taste for entrepreneurship. I think about the diverse range of people that coached, mentored or supported me in my journey as an elite athlete and my borough, immense pride in my achievements and financially supporting me with my training.

It was also in London that I got my taste for financial services and where I found that someone like me, a young........

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