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L&P responds to Assembly’s summons

13 November 2018

On the day before a two-week deadline elapsed, London & Partners has responded to a London Assembly summons and disclosed information that the company has been historically reluctant to share.

On October 30, the London Assembly Economy Committee demanded to see a range of documents which included those setting out how claims in the L&P Annual Review 2016/17 were reached. In this, L&P stated it had added £340 million to London’s economy and supported or created 10,112 jobs.

Today, the Mayor's promotional company submitted a confidential file of documents to the Assembly. 

Susan Hall AM, Chairman of the Economy Committee, said:

“The summons was an extreme step which would have been totally unnecessary if L&P took its obligations seriously.

“We have been pressing L&P for months to open up about its tax-payer funded activities. The leadership could have co-operated at any time but chose to resist and test our resolve.

“We are pleased that L&P has come to its senses - albeit under pressure. But this is far from the final step. We will now study the documents to see if they shed light on L&P’s opaque operations. What we find may well raise more questions.

“This episode has reinforced the London Assembly’s absolute determination to champion the interests of Londoners. L&P learnt this lesson the hard way.”

Notes to editors

  1. This is the third summons for documents under this Mayoralty. It has the power to issue summons backed by criminal sanction, under the GLA Act 1999 Section 64.
  2. Find out the background to the original summons.
  3. See the summons being read on our YouTube channel – from timecode 01:40:00
  4. Susan Hall AM, Chairman of the Economy Committee, is available for interview – see contact details below.
  5. Find out more about the work of the Economy Committee.
  6. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For media enquiries, please contact Giles Broadbent on 020 7983 4067.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.

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