BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: UK: England  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
England
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales
Politics
Education
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Tuesday, 26 November, 2002, 16:18 GMT
Mayor's frosty reception for Miss World
Miss World contestants
Contestants flew to the UK over the weekend
London's mayor has condemned the decision to hold the displaced Miss World contest in the city following fatal riots in Nigeria.

The beauty contest is being staged at Alexandra Palace on 7 December, after abandoning its planned venue in Nigeria where riots left more than 220 people dead.

Violence between Christian and Muslim communities began last week after a newspaper article defended the contest.

The 90 contestants flew back to the UK over the weekend amid fears that the event would have to be cancelled altogether if no venue could be found.


After the violence and terrible loss of life in Nigeria, the staging of a Miss World event in this city is not welcome

London mayor Ken Livingstone

But Mayor of London Ken Livingstone urged Alexandra Palace managers to reconsider their decision to allow the contest to take place at the north London venue.

He accused the contest of bringing "tragedy and strife" to Africa.

He said: "I consider it obscene that the organisers should attempt to stage Miss World in London after what has happened in Nigeria.

"After the violence and terrible loss of life in Nigeria, the staging of a Miss World event in this city is not welcome."

But organiser Julia Morley said the contest could not be held responsible for the riots.

"They were down to one journalist who wrote something which inflamed the local people," she said.

"There is absolutely no way I feel guilty and to claim there is blood on my hands is incredibly hurtful."

 WATCH/LISTEN
 ON THIS STORY
Julia Morley, Miss World organiser
"It was terrible but it truly was not our fault"

Click here to go to BBC London Online

Miss World row

Analysis

Features

BACKGROUND
See also:

25 Nov 02 | Africa
23 Nov 02 | Africa
24 Nov 02 | Media reports
22 Nov 02 | Africa
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more England stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more England stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes