Mayor celebrates ‘Cosmopolitan Wandsworth’

Published: Wednesday 22nd March 17

Wandsworth Mayor Cllr Richard Field has hailed the borough’s ‘cosmopolitan culture’ as new electoral data reveals the numbers of foreign nationals now choosing to make their home in the local area.

The electoral roll shows that British residents make up the vast majority of the local population at 182,000, followed by:

  • Irish (6,000)
  • Italians (4,500)
  • Polish (3,900)
  • French (3,200)
  • Germans (2,200)
  • Spanish (2,200)
  • Australians (2,100),
  • Portuguese (2,000)
  • Pakistanis (1,645)

The figures only include residents who have registered to vote in Wandsworth, so total numbers will be higher and nationalities which do not qualify to vote in the UK will not be counted.

Mayor Richard Field said: “This is a fascinating snapshot of the many nationalities which make up our fine mix of cosmopolitan culture. It’s certainly not a complete picture, but it does highlight just how wonderfully diverse and multi-cultural the Brighter Borough really is.

“This diversity is Wandsworth’s greatest strength and I’m very proud to represent a borough in which so many different people get along and respect each other.”

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Raymond Lescott - read the article! It says that "British residents make up the vast majority of the local population at 182,000", about 88% of the total by my calculation. There are certainly both British and non-British not on the electoral roll as they've failed to register, so this can't be a totally accurate figure. But as both EU and Commonwealth citizens are eligible to vote I see no reason why anyone in either group would conceal the fact. Some very mean-spirited comments here. These non-British people amongst other things work in our hospitals, serve us in coffee shops and care for our elderly people. They also pay taxes.
Paul G

28 March 2017

I suspect the Electoral Register is inaccurate and that many non-British have registered who are neither naturalised British Citizens nor born here yet vote in Elections illegally. As for "welcoming" diversity and multiculturalism, for every new immigrant moving into the borough, an indigenous British citizen moves out.
Raymond A Lescott

26 March 2017

Very shocked! are we talking about UK, where are the British people?
Julie Younger

25 March 2017

What a load of garbage. I may pass the time of day with my cleaner or our local shopkeepers - but i wouldn't invite them for dinner.

24 March 2017

Is this even a true representation? Just walking the streets of Wandsworth and you are hard pushed to bump into a British person, suspect the electoral roll is not a true representation. and many non British are not on it.

24 March 2017