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Khan announces his senior team

Words: Laura Edgar
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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced who will be in his senior team, including the deputy mayors for housing and transport.

The five new senior advisers, said Khan, will drive forward his pledges to make the capital a “safe city, with a world-class transport network and affordable housing leading to shared prosperity for all Londoners”.



The Mayor of London is appointing James Murray as deputy mayor for housing. Murray is currently the lead councillor for housing and development at Islington, a position he has held since 2010, following his election in 2006.

Murray has announced his intention to stand down from this role as councillor.

Khan said: "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.”



Khan intends to appoint Val Shawcross CBE as the deputy mayor for transport and deputy chair of Transport for London (TfL). 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. The appointment is subject to an assembly confirmation hearing.

Khan will serve as the chair of the TfL board.

The mayor 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."

Lord Andrew Adonis has been proposed by the mayor, chancellor George Osborne and transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin to chair the Crossrail 2 board. His appointment is subject to approval by the London Assembly and TfL board, and Khan and McLoughlin would jointly agree the remit for this new role.

Adonis would continue as the chair of the National Infrastructure Commission.

"As London grows, it is imperative that we plan now for the transport infrastructure London needs for the long term. Lord Adonis will bring vital experience to help ensure Crossrail 2 gets off the ground and is delivered as quickly as possible,” said Khan.

Other appointments


Khan intends to appoint Sophie Linden as deputy mayor for policing and crime and Fiona Twycross as chair of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority. Both appointments are subject to approval by the London Assembly.

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