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New research says EU’s Single Market will bring 75,000 new jobs to London

Media centreNews Staying in the European Union would add £13.9 billion to London’s economy and bring 75,000 jobs to the capital, according to a new independent study. The report, Jobs and Growth for London, commissioned by London First from the Centre for Economics

February 8, 2016 0 comments

And the winners are: find out who won our London Planning Awards

Media centreNews The winners of London’s top planning awards were unveiled on Wednesday night. Organised by London First, in conjunction with the Mayor of London, the Royal Town Planning Institute and London Councils, the London Planning Awards is the most prestigious event

February 4, 2016 0 comments

Further runway delays will damage our economy

Media centreNews Treasury Committee chair, Andrew Tyrie, has written to chancellor George Osborne to call for more economic analysis of the costs and benefits of additional runways. Mr Tyrie said the Treasury needed to go further to make the case for more

February 1, 2016 0 comments

London urgently needs better commuter rail services

Media centreNews The government has backed plans for Transport for London (TfL) and the mayor of London to take over operational control of the city’s suburban commuter services from rail companies such as Southern and Southeastern. Inner suburban rail services from London

January 22, 2016 0 comments

Victory on cabs: response to TfL announcement

Media centreNews Proposals forcing private-hire cars to provide booking confirmation details to passengers at least five minutes before pick up, have been dropped by Transport for London. Boris Johnson had announced proposals aimed at tightening regulation of private hire vehicles, but has

January 20, 2016 0 comments

Immigration skills charge is unfair burden on employers

Media centreNews The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has published its report on Tier 2 migration, which suggests measures to curb the number of skilled migrants coming to work in the UK. The MAC was asked to consider five issues: how to prioritise

January 19, 2016 0 comments

Draconian policy on high-skilled immigration risks talent crunch

Media centreNews The majority of Londoners do not view international students studying in Britain as immigrants, despite them being counted as such in official immigration numbers. A survey of Londoners by ComRes, commissioned by London First, asked for their views on international students. The poll found that

January 18, 2016 0 comments
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  • Sadiq - Most exciting part of the mayor of London role: skilling up Londoners. So many opportunities

  • Sadiq - Would be keen for move devolution for London, to councils and even, in some cases, down to wards, where they are doing good work

  • Sadiq - Agrees that the argument has been made for increased air capacity in London. But thinks the alternative to R3 should be Gatwick

  • Sadiq would build on the good work Boris has done overseas, championing London, but will try not to rugby tackle any children...

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