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Manifestos launched next week ahead of General Election

With Labour set to launch their manifesto on Monday and the Conservatives on Tuesday, London First has reiterated its priority asks of the next Government.

In it we set out our priorities to enable the capital to continue to compete and thrive, helping drive economic growth not only in the city but in the country as a whole.

We recently hosted a business hustings where Vince Cable MP, Matthew Hancock MP and Chuka Umunna MP set out their respective stalls on business policy. You can hear them here along with a summary of the conversation.

Our key demands for the next government are:

Infrastructure

Expand and improve transport infrastructure to meet the needs of London’s rapidly expanding population:

  • build an additional runway in the South East
  • maintain momentum on Crossrail 2
  • provide certainty of long-term funding to support London underground upgrading

Housing

Take urgent steps to tackle the housing shortage, giving the Mayor and London government more powers to build the 50,000 homes per year that the capital needs.

Skills

Improve skills of London’s workforce and manage migration effectively to ensure London’s position as a world leader for talent is maintained and strengthened:

  • devolve funding and powers to ensure London manages its own skills strategy for Londoners
  • provide an immigration regime that welcomes those who contribute economically to our country

Tax

Ensure changes to tax policies support economic competitiveness: recognising that tax reform impacts our ability to compete for talent with other cities.

Europe

Play an active and positive role in Europe, leading reform of the European Union from within so EU membership works even better in the UK’s interests, focusing on completion of the Single Market in services as a priority.

Contact: Sian Morgan, smorgan@londonfirst.co.uk

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