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Business unveils manifesto for the next London Mayor

London’s business community has today outlined its priorities for London from the next Mayor.

In a three-part manifesto, London First, the business organisation representing over 300 of the capital’s largest employers, lays out what measures the next London Mayor should introduce and champion in the coming term, as well as a list of pledges to which the business community will sign up in return.

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:

“London First has long been an advocate for a strong Mayor to offer dynamic, effective leadership for a world class city. Business in London looks to the Mayor to provide the right environment in which to live, work and do business.

“The Mayor must ensure the capital is able to keep pace with economic and population growth. That means improving capacity and performance of the transport network, supporting new office and housing development and equipping Londoners with the relevant skills to win the available jobs. Finally, they need to press Government to commit and invest in East London up to and beyond 2012.

“Our Manifesto for the Next Mayor lists our priorities to help London remain a leading world city. We urge all Mayoral contenders to make these their priorities in the race for election in May 2008.”

London First manifesto for the Next Mayor
Executive Summary

London’s growth – we must sustain it

Speed up planning and make development happen
– Build more homes to make ALL homes more affordable
– Use new Mayoral powers strategically, not to over-direct or otherwise hamper development

Green results yes, red tape no!
– Pursue climate change solutions which don’t hold back housing and commercial development or undermine competitiveness

Keep London’s economy flying
– Support sustainable airport development, by setting aviation and other carbon-intensive activities consistent targets and regulations

Transport in London

Budget to Budge It
– Introduce intelligent road pricing schemes to cut congestion and pollution and raise funds to invest in transport
– Make roads work (with better management of roadworks)
– Tailor bus routes to match passenger demand

Overground, Underground…
– Improve reliability, overcrowding and comfort on Tube and rail

– Work with business and Government to get Crossrail built on budget and on time

Make London work better

Get people into jobs, not just classes
– Listen to employers, refocus and co-ordinate London skills training to give people the skills to win and hold down jobs
– Make the London Skills and Employment Board the Skills body for London

Press Government to make work pay
– Use your influence to help more Londoners escape the benefit trap

Wanted: talented allcomers
– Don’t let Government batten down the hatches. Manage immigration to give London the best workforce and effective public services

A capital which feels safer
– Commit to sustainable funding for neighbourhood policing

Going for Gold

Olympics Legacy
– Press Government to spend on infrastructure in the London Thames Gateway, kick start development and transform East London

Champion the London Business Network
– Help London’s employers and employees benefit from Olympic opportunities

Make the West End the best end
– Improve our tourist areas and theatres and make the most of the economic boost from visitors
– Reorganise buses and improve the environment for West End shoppers, tourists and commuters

For further information, please contact:
Graham Capper on 020 7665 1505 / 07983 611 227
Lauren Preteceille 020 7665 1471 / 07977 297 811

Notes to Editors

London First’s full manifesto for the next Mayor can be downloaded here

London First is a business membership organisation whose mission is to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. London First undertakes this by mobilising the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the private sector to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing London. London First also seeks to persuade central and London government to make the investments that London needs in its infrastructure

London First delivers its activities with the support of 300 of the capital’s major businesses in key sectors such as finance, professional services, property, ICT, creative industries, hospitality and retail. Membership also includes all of London’s higher education institutions as well as further education colleges and NHS hospital trusts. London First members represent 26% of London’s GDP.

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