Multiple Deprivation and Social Exclusion (Supplementary) [24]

Session date: 
June 20, 2001
Question By: 
Eric Ollerenshaw
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


As you know, some of the coastal towns in the south-east have appalling deprivation, and that will be dredged up. So what you are saying is that you have not discussed this campaign with any other body in any other region. That worries me, because I think you are going to lose on this, and lose badly. Secondly, if we are going to try to make this campaign cross-party and cross everything else, we would like to know who are the other people who will line up with you. Are they, for instance - shall I guess? - London First - or is it First London Centre? - who were going to put up candidates at the last election and who receive Government funds? That is hardly a conclusive argument.

Something that always drives me mad is the endless number of bodies that get Government funds in this great city for apparently doing good by it. One wonders whether we should tidy up our own backyard before we go on to great campaigns about the extra money London deserves.


Answer for Multiple Deprivation and Social Exclusion (Supplementary) [24]

Answer for Multiple Deprivation and Social Exclusion (Supplementary) [24]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London First is a vital part of that coalition. It represents, broadly, big business in London; the London Chamber of Commerce represents small business. We are hoping that these two organisations will merge, resulting in one voice for London business. I was interested to see that they were thinking of running candidates, but it did not happen. I think that business in London is getting progressively more angry because, every day, bosses see their workers arriving late, hot and sweaty, and under-performing at work because of the collapsing transport system. Business bosses are getting militant.