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London First responds to Night Tube delay

Media centreNews London Underground has decided to defer the launch of the Night Tube, originally planned for 12 September, in an effort to reach an agreement with unions on rosters. Responding to the announcement, David Leam, Infrastructure Director at London First, said:

August 27, 2015 0 comments

London First warns on net migration figures

Media centreNews Net migration figures published by the Office for National Statistics show an increase to 330,000 in the year to March, the highest on record. This included an increase for EU citizens to 269,000 (up 56,000) and an increase for non-EU nationals

August 27, 2015 0 comments

Mayor’s fight to block City Airport improvements is ‘perverse’

Media centreNews The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has secured funds to fight an appeal by London City Airport over their blocked expansion plans. The Mayor has secured £525,000 to defend his decision to overrule Newham council’s approval of the planning application. The decision by the

August 19, 2015 0 comments

Skills London 2015: promote your organisation to the capital’s future workforce

Media centreNews Skills London 2015 is London’s biggest jobs and careers event for young people. Now in its seventh year, Skills London is two days of interactive activities and inspiring jobs and careers, held at ExCeL London. The event attracts more than

August 11, 2015 0 comments

Night Tube strike ‘reflects badly on London’

Media centreNews London Underground workers are planning to stage a 24-hour strike, starting on Wednesday evening, over pay and conditions for the new night Tube service. The members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT), Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA), and Unite are

August 4, 2015 0 comments

Tribute by Sir Stephen O’Brien at The Lord Sheppard memorial service

Media centreNews The following is a tribute by Sir Stephen O’Brien at The Lord Sheppard memorial service. Lord Allen Sheppard, the founding chair of London First, sadly passed away on March 25th 2015. We can always remember where and when we first met

July 28, 2015 0 comments

Backing the Tourism Sector

Media centreNews Prime Minister David Cameron has launched a new report: Backing the Tourism Sector: A Five Point Plan, which seeks to encourage further growth in the tourism industry in the UK. Catherine Shrimpton, who heads our tourism policy work, comments: “Government’s recognition of the

July 17, 2015 0 comments
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