Conservatives hit out at Night czar Amy Lame for failing to kick London's economy into gear

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Amy Lame was appointed in November last year (Source: Greater London Authority)

Night czar Amy Lame has come under criticism for not taking enough action to boost London's night-time economy.

Lame appeared in front of City Hall's economy committee today and was quizzed on a 44-page document she prepared on her vision for the capital.

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London Assembly member Susan Hall said Lame's plan was "one of the worst professional documents I have ever seen", in part because it contained no targets, and 25 pages contained only pictures.

Philip Colvin, head of the Night Time Commission, has also been criticised for not setting up a commission, despite being in post for seven months.

“From what I saw at the meeting this looks to be a rudderless project that, nine months after being created, has not even got off the ground," said economy committee member Shaun Bailey.

Lamé said: “As Night Czar, I have been out and about speaking to everyone who has a stake in our night-time economy – residents, workers, revellers, venue owners, the police, councils and many others. The 24-hour vision takes the needs of all Londoners and visitors to the capital into account and will help to shape all our future work to make London a 24-hour metropolis.”

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