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London’s devolved work and health employment support programme begins

London government today took charge of a programme for helping Londoners who have difficulty finding jobs in the latest devolution of central government powers to the capital. The Department for Work and Pensions has handed down funds for […]

Analysis

Q&A: Bob Neill MP on London Conservatism, Brexit and the capital’s future

Bob Neill has been the Conservative MP for Bromley and Chislehurst since winning a by election in June 2006. Before that he was a member of the very first London Assembly, elected in 2000 and […]

Analysis

Pressured London councils ask government for devolution and funding help

Philip Hammond has made his conference speech and, assuming cabinet mud-wrestling doesn’t consume him in the meantime, can now concentrate on drawing up his autumn budget. The chancellor will be as aware as anyone that Brexit […]

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Neither May’s Brexit vision nor Corbyn’s old time religion meet London’s needs

No party won the general election and neither the Conservatives nor Labour offered programmes that were convincing for London, on whose economic strength the post-Brexit nation will depend even more heavily than it does now. Both […]

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Election 2017: what does the Conservative manifesto promise London?

It’s a long time since the manifestos of Britain’s two biggest parties contrasted as sharply as those of Labour and the Conservatives do at this general election. But on one thing they agree: that London […]

Analysis

Election 2017: What does the Labour Party manifesto promise London?

The leaked draft of Labour’s manifesto, which seems unlikely to be much different from the real thing when it is published in the coming days, contains several pledges of particular relevance to London and Londoners. A […]

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London among areas most ‘at risk’ from ‘hard Brexit’ says new report

The capital’s workforce could be “significantly diminished” and its exports to the European Union reduced as a result of the government’s approach to Brexit, according to a leading cross-party think tank. London is identified as […]

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How much did the 2017 spring budget help London?

“Power to London in Brexit budget,” roared the Evening Standard at Londoners making their way home from work. “Mayor welcomes progress on devolution to London in budget,” announced a press release from City Hall. But […]

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Bashing London will not help Labour. Or Copeland. Or Stoke.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell’s insistence on the Today programme that Labour’s defeat by the Conservatives in the Copeland by-election and narrow holding of Stoke against a clown of a Ukip challenger demonstrate something other than the erosion […]

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Radical devolution can help London help itself and Brexit Britain too

The more I write about this city, the more I see how it is misunderstood. London is resented for being rich, yet many Londoners are poor. The poor are sometimes said to be being driven out, yet Londoners who struggle […]