Local Government

Directly elected mayors: A resurgent model for local government reform?

Last week, senior Tory MP Greg Hands announced his bid for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham to change its model of local government. Mr Hands wants a directly elected executive mayor for his patch. If his campaign secures 5% of registered electors a local referendum will be triggered to establish an executive mayor. …

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Boundary Reviews: The political landscape of London is changing, but by how much?

There’s something very significant going on in London at the moment that most people have never even heard of. During 2019/20, sixteen of London’s boroughs are set to go through a review of their councillor ward boundaries. Since July last year nine others have undergone reviews, the remaining seven have had reviews in the last …

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Nudge Foundation: Why I’m giving something back to Croydon

By Az Chowdhury Croydon is my home. It is where I live and it’s the community I was brought up in. I was also educated nearby and I really could not think of anywhere better to have started my business, Nudge Factory. Because I believe in the simple principle that charity begins at home, myself …

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Boroughs as Builders: Is council-led house building the future for London?

In July , the think-tank Centre for London released a new report – Borough Builders: Delivering more housing across London. Specifically, they looked into the potential of council-led housebuilding in tackling the housing crisis, with the added benefit of delivering a percentage of housing needed, as set out in the New London Plan. The main …

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Conservative Mayoral Candidates: Three horse race!

The Tories are still recovering from the bruising of their defeat at the last round of elections for Mayor of London and the London Assembly in 2016. Sadiq Khan’s victory, coupled with allegations of a negative campaign from Zac Goldsmith, has left a bitter taste. That aside, critics of Khan have said he’s achieved little …

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Green, Pleasant and Affordable: Achievable?

Today has seen the publication of two more significant contributions to the ongoing and vociferous debate on housing policy The wide-ranging policy paper The first is an inaugural policy paper – Green, Pleasant and Affordable – from the newly formed Conservative Think Tank, Onwards. Written by Neil O’Brien MP, a former Special Advisor at both …

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London Mayor’s Housing Strategy: When is a target not a target?

Our take on a politically charged plenary session on the Mayor of London’s housing strategy Yesterday, London Mayor Sadiq Khan had a contentious ride when the London Assembly voted against his housing strategy by a majority of one. The fact that the vote was down party lines – with the 13 Conservative, UKIP, Lib Dems …

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London Council Elections – A Last Minute Recap

In early April, we published our Guide to the London Elections 2018 – in collaboration with Alex Wilson of Psephos Consulting – taking a look at background to the council elections due to be held across the capital on 3 May. In it, we made predictions of likely results based on a number of models, including the parties’ …

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