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London now has a direct line to Ministers on key issues affecting the capital environment secretary John Gummer sai...
London now has a direct line to Ministers on key issues affecting the capital environment secretary John Gummer said today.

Speaking at the Royal Geographical Society Conference in London, Mr Gummer welcomed the new voice for Londoners - the London Advisory Panel.

Mr Gummer said: 'The government's approach to build and encourage partnerships across London to tackle specific issues has resulted in the ultimate partnership - the setting up of the London Advisory Panel where ministers meet London organisations to discuss strategic issues of importance to us all.

'Now London has the opportunity to have greater influence in government. The panel will advise London ministers on a range of issues - issues that are important to Londoners. Furthermore, the panel discussions will not be wrapped in secrecy. I believe that it is imperative that Londoners are kept informed about the issues raised.

'The government wants everyone to play their part in ensuring that London retains its world class status. We have challenged business and the community to work with us and local government to improve our capital city and to revitalise the most deprived areas. The result has been the establishment of local and strategic partnerships such as the London Pride Partnership.

'London is a success story. It has again been singled out by leading European businessmen as the best city in Europe in which to do business. We must continue to work in partnership to ensure that London remains the capital city of the world and that all Londoners share in that success.'

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