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Mayor should appoint new heavyweight advisor on Olympic regeneration legacy

David Ross, the Mayor’s appointment to the board of London 2012, has today resigned from his position.

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

“David Ross’ work to assess the cost of the Games has been vital. Now is the time to shift the focus to legacy, and the catalyst the Games can bring to regenerating east London. To make a real impact on this neglected area, the Mayor should appoint a heavyweight advisor with private sector experience and a commitment to go out and find the investment needed.”

Notes to Editors

1. London First has published its Green Paper on the vision for East London:

2. 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

3. London First delivers its activities with the support 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 a quarter of London’s GDP.

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