Mayor's press releases

Boris Johnson appoints Whitechapel Gallery director as chair of London Cultural Strategy Group
10 November 2008

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has appointed Whitechapel Gallery Director Iwona Blazwick OBE, to be the new Chair of the London Cultural Strategy Group, following a London Assembly Confrimations Hearing Commmitee. The body brings together senior figures from the sector to advise the Mayor on the...

Mayor praises contribution of Asian business to capital's economy
10 November 2008

Mayor of London Boris Johnson today met leading members of London’s Asian business community at a reception to thank them for their contribution to the capital’s economy. He reiterated the important role that Asian businesses will play in London’s economic recovery after the inevitable downturn...

Mayor invites veterans aboard for free travel in the capital
7 November 2008

War veterans can now travel free of charge on public transport in the capital thanks to the introduction of a concessionary scheme promised by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson. All war veterans in receipt of a pension under the War Pensions Scheme or the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme are...

Mayor outlines ten year plan for massive transport expansion
6 November 2008

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson today outlined his plan for the future of London’s transport system as he launched Transport for London’s multi-billion pound ten year Business Plan. The Mayor and Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy set out the detail of a huge Investment Programme that will...

Date set for London's biggest traffic-free shopping day with top west end retailers and Mayor of London
5 November 2008

The New West End Company, which represents the retailers of London’s West End, was joined by leading UK retailers and Mayor of London Boris Johnson to announce the world’s biggest traffic-free Christmas shopping day for 2008. Confirmed for Saturday 6 December, the event dubbed Shop West...

Mayor sets out the Way to Go
5 November 2008

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today launched ‘Way to Go’, his vision of transport in the capital.  In a candid and personal paper he recognises the effects that public transport, both good and bad, can have on people’s quality of life, and outlines how he intends to improve the network...

GLA appoints new Chief Executive
4 November 2008

Mayor of London Boris Johnson and the London Assembly have jointly appointed Leo Boland as the new Chief Executive and Head of Paid Service of the Greater London Authority.

Leo Boland has over twenty years experience in management with local government in London and has been the Chief...

Mayor launches 'Capital Growth' to boost locally grown food in London
4 November 2008

Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Rosie Boycott, Chair of London Food, today launched an innovative scheme to turn 2,012 pieces of land into thriving green spaces to grow food by 2012.

Mayor announces 'Time For Action' on youth crime
3 November 2008

'Mayor Boris Johnson today called for a radical new approach to the rehabilitation of first time young offenders and teenagers on remand at the launch of his youth action plan consultation paper.

The Mayor launched ‘Time For Action’ in Edmonton, alongside Deputy Commissioner of...

Minister for London and Mayor launch high level group to tackle challenges to London's economy
31 October 2008

Minister for London Tony McNulty and Mayor of London Boris Johnson have today announced the establishment of a high-powered group to focus on the economic difficulties facing the capital. The group will bring together senior leaders from politics, business and the public sector to help guide...

Mayor announces next phase of 10,000 street trees programme
30 October 2008

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has published the first 20 locations across London which will benefit from his election pledge to fund 10,000 street trees. Organisations who want to bid for funding in the first year of the programme are now encouraged to do so.

Celebrate Christmas with carol singing and tree on Trafalgar Square
29 October 2008

Londoners and visitors to the capital are invited to attend the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Thursday 4 December in Trafalgar Square, which signifies for many the start of the festive period. 

Mayor fulfils pledge to let motorcycles in bus lanes
27 October 2008

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has delivered another key pledge of his election manifesto by announcing that motorcycles will be allowed to use the majority of bus lanes on the capital’s red routes from 5 January next year.

Motorcyclists will be able to share red route bus lanes...

Mayor developing recovery plan for capital's economy
27 October 2008

Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced today that he and his team are developing an Economic Recovery Action Plan designed to support Londoners and businesses through the predicted economic hardship ahead.

World famous cellist Julian Lloyd Webber joins City Hall drive to improve young Londoners' music education
24 October 2008

Mayor of London Boris Johnson today (24 October) announced plans to increase music participation and improve music education for young people in London.

At a breakfast meeting attended by opinion formers from the music education world, musicians, music practitioners and the Mayor’s...