The people of Leicester are a beacon for diversity and tolerance according to an independent survey commissioned by the People United - a coalition of unions including Unite, GMB, PCS, CWU and Unison.
Almost half (43 per cent) of the respondents surveyed mentioned that the diversity and tolerance of local people was the thing they liked best about the city - the highest of all the towns and cities surveyed.
The survey, which looked at 14 towns and cities across England involved in the People United bus tour this summer, also found that over half of the respondents (56 per cent) opposed the government's austerity agenda and instead want the government to invest in jobs and growth even if it means borrowing more today.
The tour, which arrives in Leicester on Wednesday 26 June will be capturing the effect of the government’s failed austerity experiment on communities. The People United bus will arrive at Leicester city centre, Humberstone Gate West, Leicester, LE1 3PH and will stop there between 11.00-19.00.
People United is asking people to share their ideas to get the economy growing and help build the People’s manifesto to change our country for the better.
Unite regional officer Harish Patel said: "What is clear from this new poll is that the people of Leicester are really proud of their diverse and tolerant community - it's what makes this city so special.
"However, the government's austerity agenda is encroaching on Leicester and it is not what the people want for their community. They want to see the government invest in jobs and growth even if it means borrowing more today.
"People United will be in Leicester to hear more about what the people of this city have to say about improving their town and their country. We will also be here to offer help and support to local communities. This is a fantastic opportunity to make your voice heard and to make a difference. We'd urge everyone to help us build the People's manifesto with ideas for decent jobs and wages, protecting our NHS and giving our young people a future."
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Notes to editors:
The survey was conducted for Unite by the independent polling company Survation. Survation interviewed 1451 UK adults by telephone on 3- 14 June 2013 in Blackpool, Bristol, Coventry, Leeds, Hartlepool, Hastings, Middlesbrough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Leicester, Hull, Peterborough, Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent. Data were weighted to the profile of all adults aged 18+ in the relevant cities. Survation is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.42 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.