John­son seeks de­volved pow­ers for Lon­don

The Daily Telegraph - - News -

Boris John­son is seek­ing a new de­vo­lu­tion deal for Lon­don to give it greater pow­ers over skills, crim­i­nal jus­tice, trans­port and hous­ing.

The Mayor of Lon­don, whose ten­ure ends in less than a year, has re­port­edly met Greg Clark, the Com­mu­ni­ties Sec­re­tary, to dis­cuss new pow­ers. He has united with Lon­don Coun­cils, the um­brella group for the city’s bor­oughs, to make a list of de­mands.

It comes as min­is­ters move to del­e­gate new pow­ers to sev­eral cities. Jules Pipe, the mayor of Hack­ney who chairs Lon­don Coun­cils, said there was “a real risk of Lon­don fall­ing be­hind even Cornwall” in its level of in­flu­ence over ar­eas such as skills.

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