What do Londoners want from their next Mayor?
The London Conference 2019 was six months before the 2020 Mayoral election and we wanted to explore what today’s Londoners want and need from their city and its Mayor.
Life in London has changed profoundly over recent decades. London’s population has grown and become more cosmopolitan. Unemployment has declined, but inequality has grown and living standards have been squeezed. Almost a decade of cuts to government spending have transformed public services and the local state. The digital revolution has changed how Londoners live and relate to each other and to government. Politics has become more volatile and polarised.
Against this background, The London Conference 2019 asked the following questions:
- How have Londoners circumstances, views and concerns changed?
- What does this mean for the forthcoming Mayoral election and priorities for the next Mayor?
- Are London’s political institutions and public services working for ordinary Londoners? If not, how can they be reformed?
The Mayoral candidates spoke at the conference, but it wasn’t intended to be an election event. Instead it was an opportunity for the candidates and other participants to pause, discuss and reflect on what we can do to create a fairer, greener, richer and more united city.