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London Councils responds to the General Election result

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Responding to the general election result, London Councils has congratulated Keir Starmer on his imminent appointment as Prime Minister.

The cross-party group, which represents all 32 London boroughs and the City of London Corporation, also affirmed its commitment to working in partnership with the new government to tackle the challenges facing the capital.

London boroughs serve more than nine million residents, delivering vital local services and playing a key role in driving inclusive economic growth, tackling the housing crisis and supporting the transition to net zero.

Cllr Claire Holland, Deputy Chair of London Councils, said:

“I want to offer my congratulations to Keir Starmer on becoming Prime Minister. As a new government takes office, London boroughs remain committed to close collaboration with national government to deliver on our shared priorities.

“We share many common goals: driving sustainable and inclusive growth, delivering new homes and infrastructure, tackling homelessness, and improving people’s health and wellbeing.

“With national and local government working together through a mission-led approach, we can secure a fairer, greener and more prosperous future for Londoners and for the country as a whole.

“Ensuring the financial stability of London boroughs is crucial for enabling us to play our part in achieving these goals. Addressing the acute funding challenges facing local authorities must remain a top priority.

“A revised devolution settlement for London also has the potential to unlock new opportunities in the capital and ensure that the boroughs and the Mayor of London are suitably equipped to deliver at pace, working in partnership with the government to tackle the challenges we face.”

The general election also saw 75 MPs elected across London. Fifteen brand new London MPs, elected for the first time, are current or former London councillors - including 3 London borough leaders. They join 21 London MPs returning to Parliament who have past careers in local government.

Cllr Georgia Gould, who has served as Chair of London Councils since 2020 and Leader of Camden Council since 2017, was elected as MP for Queen’s Park and Maida Vale.

Cllr Nesil Caliskan, Leader of Enfield Council and London Councils’ Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Adult Care, was elected as MP for Barking.

Cllr Jas Athwal, Leader of Redbridge Council and London Councils’ Executive Member for Community Safety and Violence Against Women and Girls, was elected as MP for Ilford South.

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