Following his re-election, Boris Johnson has named his top team of deputies.
The Mayor of London said he will be focussing on creating jobs and growth as he announced the key appointments, pledging to invest in London’s infrastructure, regeneration and housing to create 200,000 jobs over the next four years and to ensure young Londoners can take advantage of the jobs London is creating.
He has appointed Kit Malthouse, GLA member for West Central, Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise, saying that he will spearhead plans to boost jobs in the capital, and help create 250,000 new apprenticeships.
He also announced that Richard Blakeway will become Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property and will chair Homes for London (formerly the London Housing Board) to drive forward investment in housing and regeneration. The Mayors former advisor on housing will supervise the release of surplus public land inherited from the London Development Agency and Homes and Communities Agency.
Munira Mirza becomes Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture and will focus on boosting young people’s education and attainment, including plans for a supplementary schools programme and the Mayor’s Education Inquiry Panel.
Sir Edward Lister remains as Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Planning, where he will deliver the Mayor’s commitment to cut council tax, and continue building on work to reduce waste and achieve value for money.
Richard Barnes, the former Deputy Mayor, will play no formal part in the new administration, having lost his Ealing & Hillingdon GLA seat to Labour’s Onkar Singh Sahota. Richard has been a great supporter of West London, and of Place West London, the one day conference and networking event focussed on economic development in the sub-region. Steve Webb, Director of Place West London said: “We are very grateful for Richard’s support over the last four years, and hope we can continue to work with him on West London’s future.”
Boris has also re-appointed Isabel Dedring as Deputy Mayor for Transport and has proposed her as Deputy Chair of Transport for London, while proposing Assembly Member James Cleverly as chair of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LfEPA) and has appointed him chair of the London Regional Resilience Forum. Victoria Borwick has been appointed Statutory Deputy Mayor.
Daniel Moylan, from RB Kensignton & Chelsea, will become Chair of the London Legacy Development Corporation, the successor body to the Olympic Park Legacy Company.
The Mayor Boris Johnson said: “It has never been more vital to do everything we can to boost growth and get people into work. That is why I’m putting jobs and growth at the heart of my mayoralty – focusing our efforts on driving London’s economy forwards, out of the recession, investing in our infrastructure and securing Londoners’ futures.
“Kit Malthouse has an outstanding business pedigree, knows how to get results and has proved he can do so in the toughest economic conditions with policing in London. He will drive forward my plans to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs in the capital over the next four years, help create 250,000 new apprenticeships and ensure our capital’s small businesses, the engine room of our economy, are given the support they need to succeed as we invest £221million in our local high streets.
“And I have no doubt that, with Ric Blakeway overseeing the building of homes across the capital and Munira Mirza focusing on improving education for our young people, we have a committed, determined and talented team in place to secure a bright future for Londoners.”
Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise, Kit Malthouse said: “Jobs and growth is the number one issue facing London and I am honoured that Boris has asked me to lead the work on the economic recovery in London. With my experience as a small business owner, including through difficult economic times, I understand the pressures and frustrations involved in trying to create jobs and I am looking forward to bringing my first-hand knowledge to bear. In his first term, the Mayor brought the city through the credit crunch and created thousands of new apprentices. I want to continue and expand that work, fighting for investment from home and abroad, creating a city where small business in particular can thrive and where crucially, young people can find jobs.”