Centre for London is convening city leaders to shape an inclusive growth agenda for the capital, with a focus on devolution, skills, civic engagement to ensure London is in the post possible position post-Brexit.
London is one of the most economically dynamic cities in the world, but it is also a city of great inequality. The London Conference, taking place on Thursday 16 November, will bring together over 400 leaders from public, private and civic organisations with notable political figures, to explore ways to make London a fair and prosperous global city.
The event is organised by Centre for London, the capital’s dedicated think tank. It will feature over 30 high-profile speakers, including:
Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor for Business Greater London Authority will set out how the GLA is supporting entrepreneurs from less advantaged backgrounds.
Stella Creasy, Labour and Co-operative MP Walthamstow will discuss how London can increase civic engagement in the digital era, putting residents at the heart of decision making and policy.
Lord Peter Mandelson, Chairman Global Counsel will reflect on London’s role in the UK and relationship with the European Union.
Stephen Hammond Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party for London and Claire Kober Leader of Haringey Council & Chair of London Councils will discuss whether Brexit strengthens or weakens the case for giving London more powers, and how London should use this to tackle inequality.
June Sarpong, TV presenter and author will explore how London can overcome some of the barriers to inclusion and drive greater diversity in society and business.
The London Conference will highlight that the changes we are likely to see over the coming decades – an ageing population, climate change and new technologies and business models – could magnify inequality in London. But there are opportunities too; McKinsey’s 2016 report The Power of Parity shows that by decreasing the gender participation gap, each region in the UK has the potential to gain 5–8 per cent in GDP, with the largest opportunities in London.
Ben Rogers, Director at Centre for London said:
“We all want a fairer and more inclusive London – a city that works for everyone. But what new ideas and practical steps do we need to create one?
“As the Mayor of London finalises the next London Plan, the government’s Brexit negotiations unfold, and public spending continues to contract, we’re pleased to host The London Conference 2017 to discuss ways of creating a fairer and more prosperous global capital.”