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Greenwich councillors block 1,000 new homes. How will Sadiq Khan respond?

The newly-formed planning committee of Labour-run Greenwich Council decided recently to block two housing schemes in the borough which between them would have produced over 1,000 new homes and both of which reached Sadiq Khan’s 35% […]

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Charles Wright: unanimity and obstacles on the road to delivering Mayor’s transport strategy

There was an impressive sense of unanimity – as well as an impressive line-up of speakers, from Transport for London boss Mike Brown and new deputy mayor for transport Heidi Alexander to acclaimed postmodernist architect […]

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Westminster: Labour’s West End councillor on developers, Soho and siding with Mayfair residents over Oxford Street

On the astroturf surface of the Mayfair roof cafe, customers in deckchairs watch Wimbledon on a big screen and the Labour politician who represents residents of the most expensive square on the Monopoly board explains how […]

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Richard Brown: Is Sadiq Khan’s mayoralty too much like an algorithm?

Halfway through his first term, there are some curious paradoxes about Sadiq Khan’s tenure as Mayor of London. He has a solid record of announcements under his belt, from a remixed London Plan to cash […]

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Five years of the New Routemaster. How has Boris Johnson’s hallmark policy fared?

Five years have passed since the New Routemaster, also known as the “Boris Bus”, went into full service on one of the capital’s 700 routes – the prestigious No 24, linking Hampstead and Pimlico, via […]

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Andrew Boff joins London Mayor race for Conservatives. Anyone else?

I’ve heard Andrew Boff describe his attempts to become Conservative candidate for London Mayor as a tradition. It’s a tradition we should be pleased he is maintaining. Boff has announced his intention to go for […]

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Westminster to seek ‘place based’ solutions to Oxford Street problems. Will they be good enough for London?

Having dumped what appeared to be the deliverable plan for transforming Oxford Street London has needed for decades, Westminster City Council has set out its alternative approach to developing what it calls “a district wide solution for the […]

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Lewisham East: Labour wins with ease but its internal struggles continue

The outcome of yesterday’s Lewisham East by-election is being subjected to as much fevered interpretation as was the process by which Labour selected its candidate Janet Daby. She comfortably held the seat formerly occupied by Heidi Alexander, taking 50.2% […]