Lee Jasper was responsible for the development, enactment and promotion of equalities policies for the GLA and its functional bodies. He has corporate responsibility for the development and delivery of anti discriminatory policies aimed at ensuring equality in employment practices and service delivery.
Jasper was also responsible for advising the Mayor on policing issues and at the time was considered the foremost black expert on police and black community relationships. As a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Cabinet, he was responsible for political advice regarding race relations in London.
Mr Jasper was formally the Director of the 1990 Trust, a post that he held between 1995 and the year 2000. The 1990 trust is a leading policy organisation on issues affecting African, Asian, and Caribbean communities in the UK and Europe. During the 90’s The 1990 Trust was at the forefront of Information Technology development within Black communities and runs a well established programme which included the Black Information Network website, BLINK (www.blink.org.uk) which, at its height attracts over 1.5 million hits a month.
Lee Jasper has held an impressive and wide range of positions working for the betterment of black people in the uk. His C.V includes:
Who is Lee Jasper
- Senior Policy Advisor to the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA)
- Director of Development, the Mangrove Trust
- Chair of Mangrove Community Association, Notting Hill
- Secretary, Notting Hill Carnival
- Press and Publicity Officer, Interval Housing Project, Rainer Foundation
- Chair of National Black Alliance
- National Black Caucus
- Operation Black Vote
- Lambeth Police Consultative Group
- National Secretary of the National Assembly against Racism
- Founder board member of the Jubilee 2000 Campaign
- Black Jewish Forum
- Lambeth Police Consultative Group
- Criminal Justice Consultative Race Sub Group
- Chair of Scotland Yard Operation Trident Lay Advisory Group, which combats the distribution of hard drugs in black communities.
- Trident Lambeth Independent Advisory Group
- Royal Commonwealth Society (1997-1999)
- President of the National Black Students Alliance, as well as the Deputy Representative of the UK on the European Council’s European National Anti Racist Network
- Chief Political Commentator for The Voice newspaper during the 2010 election
- Coalition of Resistance (COR) anti-cuts campaign
- Black Activists Rising Against the Cuts (BARAC)
- London Race & Criminal Justice Consortium
Allegations of Wrongdoing Unfounded
During his time working for the GLA Jasper came under investigation with accusations of Fraud and corruption levelled against him in a series of articles by the ‘Evening Standard’ Journalist Andrew Gilligan. After extensive investigations the allegations were proven false.
Despite being exonerated on one set of allegations, Jasper decided to step down after yet more allegations were levelled at him regarding his involvement with an organisation which was to receive funding. Despite these further allegations Scotland yard found that Mr Jasper had no criminal charges to answer.
The GLA spoke in glowing terms of Jaspers work, yet the incoming London Mayor, Borris Johnson held a thorough investigation into Jaspers activity. The investigation too 18 months and Law firm DLA Piper were brought in. The report published in June 2009 concluded that Jasper had not influenced the funding decisions of the LDA and that there was no evidence of fraud or corruption. However, it described Jasper’s involvement in one body to receive funding to be “entirely inappropriate”.
After leaving the GLA, Jasper continues to work in a number of community organisations and in November 2012 ran for Political Office in the Croydon North By Election. He Lost his deposit though, only attracting a small percentage of the vote.