Mayor of London

London Needs Self-Reliance to Weather Austerity

Tom Chance | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Politics
Tom Chance

I don't like it, and have marched against it, but City Hall is going to face further austerity up to 2020. We need to come up with creative responses ...

Boris Johnson's Newest Job Pays £500k - No, Not That New Job

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has netted himself a new job worth £500,000 - just weeks after his election to Parliament (a role that comes with a yearly salary of £...

Children First: We Must End London's Child Poverty

Ivan Massow | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

It's every Londoner's duty to create a city that cradles and nurtures our future generations. 4 in 10 children in London live in poverty. That's 597,...

Levelling the Playing Field for a Trade That's Served London Since 1634

Ivan Massow | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

As an entrepreneur, I believe that safe, fair competition is ultimately good for the consumer, and likely to expand the market in which it occurs - to the benefit of all. Disruptive new entrants can be a force for good, forcing others to up their game and creating a better overall experience. However, for that to happen a level regulatory playing field, where everyone knows where they stand, is essential.

Now or Never: Crunch Time - I Need Your Help

Ivan Massow | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

Today I am appealing for your help. If you think that I should be on the ballot in the Conservative open primary - even if you've either not yet decided who you'll be voting for or have decided that you'll vote for someone else - please let the panel know...

Boris Johnson Reverts To Riot Control Plan B After His Water Cannon Are Scuppered

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Comedy

Scuppered by the Home Secretary's refusal to let him use the water cannon he already bought, Boris Johnson has purchased three slightly used Terminato...

Boris Johnson Has Put His Water Cannon On eBay

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Comedy

The Home Secretary announced on Wednesday she would not be allowing UK police to use water cannon for purposes of crowd control. The announcement d...

A Green Mayor Should Be Small Business-Friendly

Tom Chance | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Politics
Tom Chance

We can redefine what it means to be business-friendly - not bowing to the selfish demands of big business, but supporting all Londoners who want to run a socially and environmentally responsible business that will enrich their lives and our city.

Enough's Enough - Time to Stop London Being Held Hostage by Transport Unions

Luke Springthorpe | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Politics
Luke Springthorpe

Tt is clearly no longer acceptable for a few militant trade union leaders to regularly seek to squeeze yet more money out of the hard-pressed London taxpayer and fare payer. London is a great city but its position as a services capital of the world is fragile and dependant on it remaining a convenient place to do business.

London's Policy Number One: Social Mobility For Londoners

Ivan Massow | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

Today, I want to set London a new new goal. I want to raise £1bn every year for a Londoner's Fund, and invest this money to create a London endowment to support our good causes. This £1bn can be raised through a new London Lottery and a Hotel Tax on Tourist stays which is a real money-maker in many other European cities - but has never been tried here. These provide a fantastic untapped source of revenue, without imposing punitive taxes on Londoners.

Londoners Deserve Better Air

Ivan Massow | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

These economic priorities will run in concert with, not be road-blocked by, my desire to make London a greener place to live and work. That must be the balanced approach that any Mayor makes to the capital's multi-faceted challenges, and I look forward to showing why I am uniquely suited to rise to that task.

Lucy Sherriff

An Open Letter To The Next Mayor Of London: Here's What Young Londoners Want | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Numerous candidates for the Mayor of London election race have been announced, with Tessa Jowell leading Labour's contest and Zac Goldsmith becoming a...

Every Generation's Responsibility - Meeting the Care Needs of London's Older People

Ivan Massow | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

The generations that came before us endured so much that we may enjoy a London full of freedom, culture and history. We as a City, together, owe it to them to work hard, to constantly find ways to effectively care for each generation as it grows older.

Wolmar for London: The Road Less Travelled and the One to Make the Difference

Christian Wolmar | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Wolmar

My campaign is built on two platforms. Firstly, it is a grassroots campaign. My vision and policies are directly shaped by grassroots Labour members with added expert knowledge from specialists to make sure they are viable. Secondly, and related to this, it is built on the idea that London needs to be more affordable, more liveable and more sustainable. But what does that mean in practice?

The London Card: Working Together, London Can Thrive

Ivan Massow | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

It may be a surprise for you to hear a Conservative saying this, but I want to unionise London. I want us to join forces to become the biggest spending force in the United Kingdom and us it drive down the prices that are crippling our citizens.

Boris Johnson Finally Answers Question Everyone Has Been Dying To Ask

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics

It’s something we’ve all wondered for a long time, but one Twitter user has finally managed to pin Boris Johnson down on the question he's been ev...

Cycling in London - Protection and Responsibility

Ivan Massow | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

British society still seems to place tangible symbols of wealth and power on a pedestal, and I think many see cyclists and view them as lesser forms of transport. Where, in fact, London should attach status to people who walk and cycle above all other forms of transport.

An Ominous Warning On What George Galloway Is Plotting Next?

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Politics

In a bizarre speech which, quite frankly, left everyone baffled after he lost his seat, George Galloway ominously said yesterday he was “going off n...

Fight or Flight Time: London's Airport Infrastructure

Ivan Massow | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

Many people feel that the UK is losing its position on the world stage, which might sound to some as if we're somehow shrinking. But the facts are that other economies, such as China where seven airports are built every year, are growing in a way that's almost unimaginable to us. We have to decide what role London will take, and how relevant it will be over the next 50 years.

London's Housing - An Intergenerational Partnership For The Future

Ivan Massow | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

We live in a society where property has become one of the last few investments available to the general public; most other investments are dominated by institutions. But the Englishman's home is more than his castle, it's where many of us store our money in place of a pension.

Social Housing - The Big Question... "Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You"

Ivan Massow | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

I intended helping these people, but help is just that - giving them the opportunity to change their lives - not keep them in a dependency status quo. The sacrifices those that brought me up made have instilled in me the same desire and drive to improve my life and work hard to try to improve the world around me.

Housing London: It's Time To Be Ambitious

Ivan Massow | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

London is to cities what Apple is to computing. The problem's we face are actually a good thing - we are simply coping with it's immense success and world admiration. We can do this - it's not a problem - everyone want to invest here. We just have to manage it so that London retains its identity, its people - because that what makes this city London.

A London Transport Infrastructure for All - For Now and the Future

Ivan Massow | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

London Mayors are often accused of 'taking sides' when it comes to transport. We've had Boris bikes and Livingstone's Congestion Charge, but we've lacked the ideas to streamline transport for all. London needs a policy that benefits cyclists, public transport users and motorists alike...

A Lottery for London?

Ivan Massow | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

I'm an entrepreneur and raising more money to make London better for Londoners is a walk in the park - it doesn't have to cost us anything and we don't need to introduce punitive taxes. Londoners want to help amazing organisations such as its Air Ambulance and Whizz-Kidz, their incredible work affects us all either directly now or by being there should we need them.

Mehdi Hasan

Harriet Harman: 'Strident Harpyism Is Now Conventional Wisdom' | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Politics

Back in 1993, the then shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, Labour's Harriet Harman, hired a new 23-year-old researcher called Ed Miliband ...