Following Cllr Claire Kober OBE taking over as Chair of London Councils in July, the cross-party organisation, which represents the capital’s 32 boroughs and the City of London, has elected Cllr Peter John OBE, Leader of Southwark Council, as Deputy Chair of London Councils with special responsibility for Business, Skills and Brexit.
Cllr Kober said:
"In the light of the decision to exit the European Union, businesses right across London are concerned about the impact this might have. This new role signals the boroughs’ commitment to work with businesses to ensure that London’s economy continues to thrive and we rise to the challenge of Brexit."
Cllr John said:
"The capital’s businesses large and small are the life blood of the boroughs and we are committed to supporting them meet the challenges they face. The uncertainty following the vote to leave the European Union has increased the pressures on them and we are particularly concerned that we work together at pan-London level to meet the skills challenge of the future. London’s businesses need the people with skills to grow our economy and Londoners need the skills to succeed in the jobs market.
"The national skills system has failed London and we need a new devolved skills system – for Londoners and run by Londoners – that delivers for the people and businesses of the city.
"I will continue to campaign to protect London schools funding and to ensure we have enough school places in the capital as London Councils has done over the past five years. However, London is in a unique situation where we have great schools and great universities, but there is a missing element in between and many Londoners are left behind. We need to start changing that now."