Head of London fire brigade says it must face up to racism and misogyny

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Andy Roe says he fears workplace culture could stop his daughter feeling welcome at some stations

A culture of casual racism and misogyny remains so prevalent within pockets of the London fire brigade that the head of the service said he feared his mixed-race daughter might not be treated with “dignity and respect” at some fire stations.

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This workplace culture may explain the poor progression of women and staff from BAME backgrounds to senior positions within the service, according to Andy Roe, the London fire brigade commissioner, who this week launched a review, acknowledging that the brigade has unresolved problems on race and gender.

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