Sadiq Khan addresses Form 696, racism and protecting music venues at SXSW

Last August, the Mayor of London was announced as a keynote speaker for the arts and culture festival SXSW, making him the first British politician to speak at the event.

His keynote was held at Austin, Texas, yesterday (12 March), during which he read out a series of tweets addressing the racist abuse directed towards him online, as a plea for Facebook and Twitter to crack down on hate speech. The politician discussed his Agent of Change principle, which aims to protect grassroots music venues from noise complaints and, subsequently, closure.

Khan also touched upon the abolition of the controversial 696 forms, which have been accused of discrimination against black and minority ethnic artists.

Watch the the full speech in the player above.