Mayor of London appoints Roger Evans AM as new Statutory Deputy Mayor

25 March 2015

• Evans will take up his new role when he steps down as Chairman of the London Assembly on May 13th 2015

• Appointment follows Victoria Borwick AM’s decision to stand down as Deputy Mayor

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has this morning (March 25 2015) confirmed the appointment of Roger Evans AM as London’s new Statutory Deputy Mayor, following the decision of Victoria Borwick AM to step down from the role.

Mr Evans will take up his new role when his term as Chairman of the London Assembly expires on May 13th 2015. Victoria Borwick will officially step down as Deputy Mayor at the London Assembly AGM on the same day.

Welcoming Mr Evans to his new role the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:

“I’m delighted Roger has accepted this challenge. The role of Statutory Deputy Mayor involves hard work, dedication and selfless commitment to London. It’s about representing the Mayoralty at hundreds of events and gatherings across every London Borough throughout the year, feeding back Londoners concerns and ideas, and communicating my vision for the greatest city on earth.

“Over the last three years Victoria has made the role her own, delivering tirelessly for London, for Londoners and for me. I’m enormously grateful to her, and confident Roger will take over the baton with equal dedication and drive, as we seek to continue to bring the jobs, housing and transport infrastructure we need to equip London for the next 50 years.”

Commenting on his appointment Roger Evans AM said:

"I am delighted to be taking on this role and I am looking forward to building on the fantastic work that Victoria has done over the last three years.

"Since I arrived at King’s Cross in 1987 our city has changed and improved beyond recognition. In particular the last seven years under Boris Johnson have seen falling crime, improvements to public transport and impressive new projects culminating in the stunning Olympic Games. This is a great time to be a Londoner.

"For so many people London is a city of opportunities – a city of dreams. There is nowhere else like London - it is a great privilege to play a part in leading our city."

In her resignation letter to the Mayor Victoria Borwick AM wrote:

“I want to thank you for all the fantastic opportunities you have given me as your Deputy Mayor. I have relished the range of interesting projects that you have enabled me to take on, to make a positive contribution to all the great work that you have done for London.”

Between now and May 13th Victoria Borwick will continue to discharge her duties as Deputy Mayor.


Notes to editors

Roger Evans biography:

Roger Evans was born in Lancashire in 1964 and has lived in London for nearly 30 years. A trained barrister Mr Evans worked for many years for Royal Mail, and has represented Havering & Redbridge on the London Assembly since 2000. He’s a former leader of the Conservative Group on Waltham Forest Council, a former leader of the Conservative group on the London Assembly, and is the current Chairman of the Assembly. He lives in Romford.

Victoria Borwick:

Victoria Borwick has served as Statutory Deputy Mayor since May 2012.