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Book Review: London’s Boroughs at 50 by Tony Travers

On 1 April 1965, a new system of city government was introduced to London, resulting in the birth of 32 boroughs. In London’s Boroughs at 50, Tony Travers traces the emergence and development of each of these individual and diverse boroughs that have played a key role in revolutionising the city and the lives of its inhabitants over the past […]

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    Forget independence for London – but the capital now needs its own devolved government more than ever

Forget independence for London – but the capital now needs its own devolved government more than ever

London has vote to remain in the EU while the rest of the UK – and especially England – voted to leave. This has led to calls for London to declare independence. Independence is not going to happen. But as Tim Oliver argues, a fully devolved government for London is possible. It’s time the UK recognised that London is […]

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    In Scotland, Wales and the London Assembly elections every voter has TWO choices this Thursday. Here’s how to use both votes well

In Scotland, Wales and the London Assembly elections every voter has TWO choices this Thursday. Here’s how to use both votes well

Voters are used to a two-vote electoral system for the Edinburgh Parliament, and the Assemblies in Cardiff and London. But how these systems operate changes a bit every time, with changing party fortunes. And this year some politicians (especially in Scotland) are advising voters to do things that may ‘waste’ one of their votes. Wherever you stand politically, Professor […]

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    Book Review: This is London: Life and Death in the World City by Ben Judah

Book Review: This is London: Life and Death in the World City by Ben Judah

In This is London: Life and Death in the World City, journalist Ben Judah returns to the city in which he was born, immersing himself in intermittently surreal and harrowing encounters in order to discover the various faces of contemporary London. While Judah’s decision to focus on the extremes at times neglects the richness enfolded in the stories of […]

London needs open workspaces for creativity and growth

This week, permitted development rights (PDR) – which allow the fast-tracked conversion of office space to residential use – will come permanently into force, having been temporarily in place since 2013. In areas of London with excess office space and a limited supply of housing, this will help policymakers meet the enormous challenge of supplying enough homes, alongside efforts […]

The UK needs a devolved government for London

London is the UK’s undiscovered country and it is time we recognised it as the fifth constituent part by granting it the devolved political powers it deserves. Tim Oliver argues a devolved government for London would help to rebalance the UK towards a federal union more than any other constitutional change. It would give the metropolis the freedom to […]

January 27th, 2016|Featured|1 Comment|
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    What’s happening to poverty and opportunity in London? The good, the bad and the ugly

What’s happening to poverty and opportunity in London? The good, the bad and the ugly

Following research by the New Policy Institute (NPI), Gavin Kelly looks at aspects of London’s poverty profile since the recession. He writes that, despite the gloom of the housing market and the rise in in-work poverty, the capital’s schools have made astonishing improvements, especially in regard to the achievements of deprived children, while many new jobs have been created. […]

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    A kingdom of many parts: analysing how Londoners and the English view the EU is key

A kingdom of many parts: analysing how Londoners and the English view the EU is key

The English are 85% of the UK’s population, with London home to a population equal to that of Scotland and Wales combined and an economy that makes up 22% of that of the UK. As Tim Oliver argues, analysing how the English and how Londoners view the EU concurrently is therefore vital to understanding how the UK will vote […]

December 10th, 2015|Brexit, Uncategorized|0 Comments|
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