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Engaging with the new local and national governments

Since the new Mayor was announced in May we have been making inroads establishing constructive dialogues with the Mayor and his six Deputy Mayors.

Mayor of London and Deputies

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has hit the ground running since his inauguration in May. He attended the London Business Board meeting to hear from London First and other organisations on what business wants from the new administration.

We also attended Mr Khan’s devolution roundtable in July with another meeting this month to discuss more powers for London government.

Mr Khan will be attending Skills London in November, our annual skills festival that attracts over 30,000 young Londoners looking for advice on jobs and apprenticeships.

He will also present the awards at our 14th London Planning Awards in February 2017, a chance to recognise the best planning practices in the capital.

On his first day in the role, the day after the EU referendum vote, Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise, Rajesh Agrawal, attended a London First board meeting to hear the concerns and plans from our board members directly.

We have engaged with Mr Agrawal in regular dialogue and he spoke at the London First dinner and reception at Labour confernce, meeting our members and hearing first hand their thoughts on the new political landscape.

Further afield, Mr Agrawal attended our Global Cities Business Alliance event in Chicago.

Deputy Mayor for Housing, James Murray, attended the launch of our Homes for Londoners report in July, looking at how the new body could get more homes built. At the event, Mr Murray set out how he wanted to work closely with London First and our members to solve London’s housing crisis. He also attended our Crossrail 2 and Housing event in September.

Mr Murray will be speaking at the London Property Summit in November and the Private Rented Sector Forum in February 2017.

Deputy Mayor for Transport, Val Shawcross, met with members at a reception and private dinner in September, giving them an insight in to her plans to keep London moving.

Ms Shawcross will be attending our annual London Infrastructure Summit in May 2017, a gathering of the main infrastructure players in London and a chance to hear from key stakeholders.

Deputy Mayor for Planning, Skills and Regeneration, Jules Pipe, is well known to London First having been Mayor of Hackney for 14 years.

Mr Pipe will be attending our London Planning Awards in February 2017, and will be meeting with our Executive Director for Planning, Sue Brown, for regular catch ups to discuss and test policy ideas with members. He will also attend our MIPIM events next year.

Deputy Mayor for Policing, Sophie Linden, is speaking at our Global Resilience Summit in October, discussing how London is a resilient city.

We are in touch with Deputy Mayor for Culture, Justine Simons, who attended our 24hour London dinner in July, which launched a report with EY looking at the economic benefits of the Night Tube for London.

 

National government

We have established lines of communication into the key Ministers within the new national government, from housing to Brexit, and are building engagement in key departments.

The London Business Board (London First, CBI, LCCI, FSB) have requested a meeting with Prime Minister, Theresa May, to discuss the economy.

Our Let Britain Fly campaign has also written a letter on airport expansion and the need to make a decision on the recommendations made by the Airports Commission.

We have written to Chancellor, Philip Hammond, ahead of the Autumn Statement, setting out London’s business priorities.

In November we have a Partner dinner with Chief Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke, to hear about the government’s plans for investment and procurement to help drive economic growth. Members of the London First executive will also be meeting with Mr Gauke to discuss our policy work.

Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, will meet with members at a reception in October, to set out the priorities of the new administration. The reception will be followed by a Partner dinner.

At a House of Lords briefing from David Davis, Baroness Valentine met Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at Dexeu, Lord George Bridges of Headley MBE, who she met again at party conference to get a better understanding of the government’s current Brexit plans. We have an event with members being planned.

We have written to International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, and have opened a dialogue with his team for an event with members.

Housing and Planning Minister and Minister for London, Gavin Barwell, is attending and speaking at the London Property Summit in November and was recently at our Conservative Party conference dinner with members. We have now put in a request for an event with him in the near future.

We have written to Immigration Minister, Robert Goodwill. We have a good relationship with Mr Goodwill as former transport minister. Baroness Jo Valentine met with Robert at party conference and followed up on the request for a meeting with members which will follow in the autumn.

Baroness Valentine met with BEIS and London MP, Nick Hurd, at party conference. The meeting looked at the relationship with the new LEP and when it forms and what Mr Hurd’s role in London’s part of the industrial strategy. We are arranging a member event with Mr Hurd, especially linking him up with members who have experience of economic development in London.

Contact: Gina Byrne, gbyrne@londonfirst.co.uk

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