The London Papers

The London Papers will draw out six themes from all the contributions made to Changing London over the winter of 2013/14.  Here are the first three.

cover1) The Best Place in the World to Grow Up

The first asks, “What if the Mayor, its businesses, public services, charities and citizens determined to make London the greatest place on Earth to raise a child?”

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The paper proposes one possible vision for London’s next Mayor: a city re-oriented around our children, guaranteeing the next generation a set of rights for which they could hold us to account. A great place to grow up.


Paper 2 cover fullsize2) The Good City: where neighbourhoods thrive and everybody matters

The second asks how we build a city in which we all feel we belong?

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“We know that some people who live in London, particularly in the centre, are just passing through for part of their lives or part of the week, but most of us aren’t. We belong here and have a right to be seen. We have a part to play, however small and want to be wanted. We have a voice and a right to be heard. These are the simple reciprocities, the give and take, of a place where people belong.”

FairCity_cover3) A Fair City: where power, wealth and opportunity are in the hands of the many not the few

The third asks how we craft a more equal city

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“London is home to some of the world’s biggest businesses and its richest people, its most highly-rated restaurants and art and music and sport…yet a third of our children grow up in poverty. The richest Londoners can live up to 25 years longer than the poorest. Our highest-paid executives earned more by January 8th than the average Briton will earn all year. The greatest city in the world, perhaps, but for whom? And at what?

DeeperDemocracyCover4) A Deeper Democracy: vote for values, deliver them together

The fourth asks how we can do politics differently in London

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Other London Papers have been about what the next mayor might do. This paper focuses on how they might do these and other things. It is about effective leadership and about retooling democracy for the 21st century. We believe an ambitious mayor should be willing to listen, be determined to collaborate, and be committed to rock solid values, consistently upheld.

health_cover 5) A Healthy City: a city that does no harm and tackles sickness at source

The fifth asks how we can make London a healthier and safe place to live

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For many, London is a harmful place: in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the violence we fear, the gap between the richest and poorest, and much more, our city can be bad for us. A city that does no harm would be made up of healthy communities, full of knowledgeable people.


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4 Responses to “The London Papers”

  1. Caroline Slocock June 25, 2014 at 9:09 am Permalink

    Why shouldn’t London be the best in the world not just for tourists and the financial services industry but also for the people who live here? Everyone would benefit. This is an inspiring vision that many people could coalesce around. It’s ambitious but not beyond reach. Thanks for articulating it.

  2. Frank Sheppard June 25, 2014 at 7:05 pm Permalink

    Great sentiments unfortunately if the present government is allowed to force the London councils into reducing funding in schools by its margin of 20% yet at the same time hand out £54 Million to its friends running the academies and free schools then the unfortunate children and parents locked into the state run education system wont have a quality of life or have what is called a great future by any stretch of the imagination.
    leaving those disadvantaged by ill health disability or any other category classed as needing support or assistance which is a considerable amount of people we will then have an even wider disparity among the native people of London than we have at the moment.

    • Frank Sheppard June 25, 2014 at 8:13 pm Permalink

      In respect of the figure of £54 millions it is probably better to say millions rather than a specific amount as this is changing on a regular basis it still doesn’t get away from the fact the proposals to reduce funding in schools is still going to have a serious effect on maintaining and delivering continued support for our less able and unfortunate brothers and sisters who also have the right to be able to enjoy this great city that is London as well as our able bodied siblings EQUALITY for all should be the Battle Cry for all inhabitants lets work on that as a starter.


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