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Boris elected as Mayor for London

Responding to the announcement today that Boris Johnson has been elected as the next Mayor of London, Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:

“Boris has been elected with a mandate for change. His serious and thoughtful approach to the campaign has won the support of Londoners. He now has the opportunity to translate fresh ideas into an agenda for the mayoralty and take the time to choose a team of good advisers across his cabinet and executive. We’re ready to help him identify senior business leaders to lead the Mayoral agencies.

“There are many challenges ahead, not least steering London through the current difficult global economic situation. Then there are several transport issues – preventing gridlock in the capital; securing long term investment in the Tube; and ensuring Crossrail is built to specification,  on-time and on-budget.  And using 2012 to drive employment opportunities and the regeneration of east London.  Plus, there’s no doubt it’s time for a radical shake-up of the LDA.  Again, he can rely on the commitment and support from our business members in tackling each of these as well as any as yet unforeseen challenges over the horizon.”

–  ENDS  –

Notes to Editors

London First is a business membership organisation whose mission is to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. London First mobilises the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the private sector to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing London. London First also seeks to persuade central and London government to make the investments that London needs in its infrastructure

London First delivers its activities with the support of 300 of the capital’s major businesses in key sectors such as finance, professional services, property, ICT, creative industries, hospitality and retail. Membership also includes all of London’s higher education institutions as well as further education colleges and NHS hospital trusts. London First members represent 26% of London’s GDP.

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