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London has a global responsibility to stand up for Hong Kong – for the autonomy of its people
Over the last few months, coronavirus has forced our elected representatives to make some tough choices. And the overwhelming majority of Londoners have supported them. We stopped going into offices. We stopped making unnecessary trips to the shops. We shut down pubs, restaurants and hospitality businesses for months on end. We followed the rules, played [...]
Tube use is down 70 per cent. High streets are empty. Only 17 per cent of people are back in offices. These are unprecedented times for London. So you’d think the mayor of London would have a plan to get people back to their offices safely and securely. You’d think he would be innovative, like [...]
In the last month, 26 staff from London’s transport network died. Most were bus workers. And instead of taking action himself, the Mayor says he needs more international collaboration Don’t get me wrong. There’s a place for international collaboration. After all, London is a global city. But right now, the people who need the Mayor [...]
Crisis reveals character, something I witnessed many times during my years as a youth worker on the rough streets around Ladbroke Grove. When times are tough we find out who we truly are, both as people and as communities. Right now, times are tough. The toughest they’ve been since the Second World War. The coronavirus [...]
Imagine being a key worker tomorrow morning. A twenty-minute wait for the next tube — if you manage to get on. A carriage so overcrowded that you’ve got no hope of social distancing. And then a rush to your hospital, your police station, your school. We’re asking key staff to put their health on the [...]
Imagine being a key worker taking the Tube tomorrow morning. A 20-minute wait for the next train — if you manage to get on. A carriage so overcrowded that you’ve got no hope of social distancing. And then a rush to your hospital, your police station, your school. We’re asking key staff to put their [...]
We are leaving the EU tomorrow and, despite the mixed feelings surrounding this new chapter, there is much to be cheerful about. Business leaders are already expressing a newly-restored confidence in London. A raft of new information — such as the latest Deloitte CFO optimism survey, key PMI figures, household and consumer confidence data — [...]
When I was a young boy in the 1970s, my family lived in council housing in Ladbroke Grove, and London was in decline. The depressed mood about London was reflected in the price of housing: the average property cost just £24,000. Mind you, the average income was only £6,000. The prospect of our family owning [...]
Come March 2019, Britain will have left the EU, but our city will continue to be the most vibrant and dynamic economic urban economy on earth. Londoners deserve a mayor who represents this and protects our position of strength. Unlike Sadiq Khan, he or she can ill-afford to be sucked in to talking down London’s [...]
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