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Mayor slams ‘tough visa requirements’ for London’s talent hub

News In this afternoon’s Evening Standard, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has denounced the Government’s immigration policy as “not in the interests of London and the UK economy”. We are rather inclined to agree with him. London First has long

November 19, 2012 0 comments

Jobs, growth and urban renewal after the Olympics

News Don’t miss your last chance to join London First at the London Conference 2012, presented by Centre for London and the IPPR. 27 November, 8.30am – 5.30pm, Southbank Centre, London SE1. This year’s London Conference – a ‘Davos for London’

November 15, 2012 0 comments

Comment on the HAC report on UK Border Agency

News Commenting on the Home Affairs Committee report, ‘The work of the UK Border Agency’, published today, London First’s chief executive, Baroness Jo Valentine, says: “We agree with many of the Committee’s conclusions, but its report is essentially backward-looking. The Borders

November 9, 2012 0 comments

Move to “ease visa rules for Chinese tourists”

News According to the Evening Standard today, the government is discussing possible “dual processing” of British and Schengen visa applications so that Chinese applicants have to send only one form and one set of documents but receive two visas. For some

November 6, 2012 0 comments

Immigration policy is “crippling business and the economy,” says The Economist

News Immigration policy, the bureaucracy surrounding our visa system and the public statements made by our politicians are combining to create an immigration system that is “comprehensively bad”, according to The Economist. It is a system that is “is creating red

November 5, 2012 0 comments

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