Sadiq makes first appointments

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today announced key senior appointments to his top team, including deputy mayors for policing, transport and housing.

The five new senior advisors will, says City Hall, drive forward the Mayor’s pledges to make the capital a safer city, with “a world-class transport network and affordable housing leading to shared prosperity for all Londoners”.

Sadiq Khan says he intends to appoint Val Shawcross CBE as Deputy Mayor for Transport and Deputy Chair of Transport for London. Val Shawcross has served as a London Assembly member for 16 years, including eight years as chair and deputy chair of the London Assembly transport committee.

In addition, the Mayor has is proposing the appointment of Lord Andrew Adonis as Chair of the Crossrail 2 Board. Lord Adonis will continue his role as chair of the National Infrastructure Commission.

Deputy Mayor of Hackney Sophie Linden will be Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, while Fiona Twycross AM becomes Chair, London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.

Finally, Sadiq Khan is appointing James Murray as Deputy Mayor for Housing. James Murray is currently the lead councillor for housing and development at Islington council.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Val Shawcross has unrivalled knowledge of London’s transport issues through her work over 16 years as a London Assembly member. I know this extensive experience makes her the right person to help deliver my plans for a modern, accessible and affordable transport network for everyone.

“As London grows, it is imperative that we plan now for the transport infrastructure London needs for the long-term. So I am delighted to announce my proposal to appoint Andrew Adonis as Chair of Crossrail 2. He will bring vital experience to help ensure Crossrail 2 gets off the ground and is delivered as quickly as possible.

“Housing is a top priority and I want all Londoners to be able to buy or rent a decent, affordable home.  James Murray comes to City Hall with a strong track record of success, having championed the delivery of innovative housing solutions for years.  I know he will be a huge asset to the team as we work towards building the thousands of affordable housing London needs.”

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