mayor of London

Enough is enough: east London needs a new bridge

Robin Wales  |  21 July 2014

For many years Newham has campaigned for investment in transport infrastructure, believing, as we do, that with the right links, and developable land, we can attract business and hence jobs for residents. One of the obvious results of this campaigning can be seen in the superb transport links at Stratford where, once Crossrail is complete, …

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Capital Gains?

Raphael Malek  |  14 July 2014

Londoners will vote for their next mayor on 5 May 2016, just under a year after the nation votes in the 2015 general election. However, these two elections are likely to be contested on very different issues. Much attention has been devoted to the increasing differences between London and the rest of the United Kingdom, …

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Completing the unfinished project of English devolution

Fiona Twycross AM  |  9 April 2014

Almost 10 years ago, on a cold day in late October 2004, I stood with dozens of other Labour party activists at the foot of the Angel of the North. Frozen thumbs-up the north-east devolution referendum as the then deputy leader of the Labour party John Prescott wrestled at the bottom of the hill with …

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A mayor of London that leads for women

Rachael Saunders  |  7 March 2014

With Tessa Jowell considering standing for mayor of London and others throwing their hats in the ring, the very male-dominated mayoral model might be about to be shaken up. This matters, not just because representation is important – Ros Jones in Doncaster and Norma Redfearn are the only women executive mayor Labour has had, elected …

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Winning a mandate for London

Stephen Bush  |  26 November 2013

When is a hustings not a hustings? Well, when the only declared candidate for the office in question – the Labour nomination for mayor of London – hasn’t been invited, and the matter at hand is an entirely different election. That said, while Progress’ latest event in the Campaign for a Labour Majority series wasn’t …

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What London needs now

Andrew Adonis  |  25 November 2013

London is a divided city: east and west; rich and poor; home owners and renters. Labour must do something about it. Boris Johnson is a showman. But with London’s population heading towards 10m what it needs is a leader with a plan – for more houses, more jobs and better communities. Priority one is a …

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A London for all Londoners

David Lammy MP  |  25 November 2013

I was born in London, grew up in London and have lived in London nearly all of my adult life. I know that London can be one of the most exhilarating places in the world. There are ways to work, rest and play in London that you just don’t find anywhere else. But I also …

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Giving primaries a go

Simon Darvill  |  7 November 2013

As someone who has yet to be fully won over by the idea of primaries to choose Labour candidates, I was very interested in Marcus Roberts’ article in the latest edition of Progress magazine on how a primary for our London mayoral candidate might work. I have two main worries about primaries within the Labour …

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‘Stand up for diversity’

Adam Harrison and Robert Philpot  |  21 August 2013

Labour ‘could do more’ to challenge anti-immigration messages, Diane Abbott tells Robert Philpot and Adam Harrison Labour is failing to do enough to challenge the anti-immigration narrative being promoted by the Tories and much of the media, senior Labour frontbencher Diane Abbott has warned. In a wide-ranging interview with Progress, the former Labour leadership contender …

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The Boris cavalcade races on

Stephen Bush  |  26 March 2013

We turned up for a decapitation, but in the end, the sword of Damocles remained safely in place. When I was an A level student Michael Cockerell’s documentaries were the best of revision aids: to watch them was to know everything. A lot of things have gone south since then – the global economy and …

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