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The Minister for London is a United Kingdom ministerial post that is part of the government of London. As of June 2009, the post is currently held by Tessa Jowell, who also previously held the post from 2007-2008.

The Minister is responsible for informing Members of Parliament in the British House of Commons on proceedings in the London Assembly.

History

London had been under the authority of the London County Council and then the Greater London Council, but Margaret Thatcher had abolished the GLC in 1986 after clashes with its leader Ken Livingstone. Most of the municipal powers were then devolved to the 32 individual boroughs. Under John Major, however, the need for more centralized organisation was addressed by a series of moves. John Gummer was appointed Minister of London concurrently with his tenure as Secretary of State for Environment, and in 1994 the Government Office for London was established.[1]

After Tony Blair entered office, the Labour government set up an elected Mayor of London.[1] This office, along with a reconstituted Greater London Authority, works with the Minister and the Government Office.

List of Ministers for London

References

  1. ^ a b Ben Pimlott (2002). Governing London. Nirmala Rao. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0199244928.  
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