London-only think tank launched

A think tank designed especially to address the needs of London has been launched, standard.co.uk reports.

The ‘Centre for London’ project, will address four main issues in the capital; housing and infrastructure; London and the UK; London as a global city and London’s young people.

At a reception to launch the think tank yesterday (June 11th), the Centre’s director, Ben Rogers, was joined by former Minister for London Tessa Jowell, Evening Standard editor Sarah Sands and chair of the City Corporation Mark Boleat.

The aim was to create a dedicated think tank for London as – despite being the largest urban settlement in Europe that generates almost a third of the UK’s GDP – no such scheme had existed previously.

It has since been declared a “non-partisan” research institute with no political weighting to impact its eventual decisions and recommendations.

In looking at ‘London as a global city’, it is expected the think tank would work out ways of enticing some of the world’s largest companies to the capital, either to do business deals at its event venues or even to go the distance and make the journey to open a new headquarters.

One of Rogers’ first acts was to attend a meeting held by mayor Boris Johnson where he detailed his future of London, including the controversial plans for expanding the capital’s airport offering.

Speaking to ft.com of Johnson’s report, Rogers said: “This report serves a lot of purposes. It’s a bid to the Treasury, a message to the rest of the world that London is open for business to unite the Greater London Authority around a common goal.”