James Murray joined the Mayor's Office in 2016 as Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, coming from Islington Council, where he held the position of Executive Member for Housing and Development for six years.
During James’s time in Islington, he lead the borough’s new council homebuilding programme. He coordinated efforts across a number of London councils to raise the level of affordable housing in developments by reforming their approach to ‘viability assessments’.
In his current role, James oversees the Mayor’s £4.8bn affordable homes programme, including Building Council Homes for Londoners – the first-ever City Hall initiative dedicated to building over 10,000 new council homes. He is championing City Hall efforts to play a bigger role in buying land for affordable homes, and he advises the Mayor on affordable housing planning policies.
James also leads work at City Hall to improve the private rented sector and to lobby the national Government for changes to the law for private renters. He works with councils, charities, and the voluntary sector to make sure they and City Hall are doing all they can to help people in the capital who find themselves homeless and sleeping rough.
James advised the current Mayor during his selection and election campaigns. Before serving on Islington Council’s executive, he worked for Emily Thornberry MP. He grew up in Ealing and Shepherds Bush, and currently lives near King's Cross.