CAMPAIGNERS have called a public meeting to confront the “rise in racism” after the election of Donald Trump.

Waltham Forest Stand Up to Racism will hold the meeting to discuss ways to “defend our multicultural community” in the wake of the US election last month.

In a statement the group said Trump’s election is a “shocking reminder that tackling racism remains one of the key challenges in our society”.

Speakers lined up for the event include Hassan Mahamdallie, director of the Muslim Institute, and Dr Anne Livingstone of Limehouse GP practice in Limehouse.

Dr Livingstone said: "Our NHS care is provided by workers from all over the world - from cleaners to doctors and midwives. It is horrifying to see the government use racism as a cover for huge NHS cuts and privatisation."

Mr Mahamdallie said: "The solution lies with all of us - black, white, gay, straight, men, women, and across all faiths and none.

“We have to stay together and march side by side, showing we are united against racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.”

Saira Afzal, engagement officer for Leyton and Wanstead Labour Party, and Roger Huddle, co-founder of Rock against Racism, will also speak at the event.

Ms Afzal said: “Muslim women are increasingly targeted in violent racist attacks. Racism is a blight on our society and it affects us all. We must unite against it.”

Earlier this month Waltham Forest Stand Up to Racism held a meeting to discuss members’ opposition to Trump’s ban on nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The next public meeting will be held at Harmony Hall in Truro Road, Walthamstow, at 7.30pm on Tuesday March 7.