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London First’s comment on the publication of the West End Commission’s final report

Commenting today on the publication of the West End Commission’s final report, Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:

“The key issue identified in this report is that the governance of the West End is fragmented between different councils and tiers of government.  None of these have the incentive to look out for the interests of business, those who work in the West End or those who visit it.  The West End is a unique and vital part of London and the UK’s economy and it must be run accordingly.

“We strongly support the Commission’s recommendation for a new governance and leadership model for the West End, which brings together local councils, the Mayor and businesses and is based on further devolution from central government. Business is ready to play its part; is London’s government?”

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