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Campaign to give Olympic diver Freedom of Southwark backed by Peter Tatchell

Veteran LGBT campaigner Peter Tatchell has backed a campaign to give Tom Daley the Freedom of the Borough of Southwark after winning gold at Tokyo.

At this year’s Olympics Daley became the first British diver to win four medals after taking home gold for the 10m platform diving competition.

Daley has lived in Southwark since 2014 and is currently based in Bankside.

As well as being an active voice for LGBT rights, Daley has also supported many charities and events in the borough and helped promote more people to get into sport.

Southwark Liberal Democrats have now started a campaign to have him awarded the Freedom of Southwark, like footballer Jadon Sancho.

Councillor Victor Chamberlain described Daley as ‘a true inspiration to millions’.

“His achievements in diving are super admirable, but so too is the way he promotes equality and diversity.

“As one of the UK’s first openly gay Olympic champions he is showing that any LGBTQ+ person can achieve anything. We’re so proud to call him our neighbour.”

Cllr Adele Morris added: “Tom is a proud Bankside resident and strong supporter of our community.

“He recently opened the Marlborough Sports Ground and even sent a message of support for the Bankside Great Get Together from Tokyo!

“I really hope Southwark Council will reciprocate the love and give Tom the recognition he deserves.”

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