East London Jobs

MQT on 2006-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2006
Question By: 
Damian Hockney
One London Party
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Up to 15,000 local jobs will be lost in east London due to the Olympics forcing out local businesses. Any jobs created by the Olympics will necessarily be short-term and low-skilled. In last month's MQT you talked of your vision of closing down London City Airport after the Olympics, which will obviously mean the loss of thousands of local jobs. What advice would you give to those working class east Londoners forced out of work by your policies? Should they 'get on their bikes and look for work?'


Answer for East London Jobs

Answer for East London Jobs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

You are wrong in saying that up to 15,000 jobs will be lost due to the Olympic Games. There are currently fewer than 5,000 people employed within the Olympic Park and of these 75% work for companies that have agreed relocation sites and the LDA is working with the remainder to identify sites. Most of these relocation sites are within East London. You are also wrong to say that jobs created by the Olympics will be short-term and low-skilled. A range of jobs will be created through the Olympic Games and the LDA is working to ensure that London has a legacy of a better skilled workforce as a result of the opportunities presented by the Games and this will help to tackle London's worklessness. The Lower Lea Valley Vision published earlier this year estimated that between 30,000 and 50,000 jobs, many of them permanent, will be created by the regeneration of that area which will be kick-started by the Olympics.