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NEW ASSOCIATION FOR LONDON FORMALLY AGREED

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A new era in London local government began today, as council leaders gave their formal agreement to the formation o...
A new era in London local government began today, as council leaders gave their formal agreement to the formation of a new association - the Association of London Government - which will replace the Association of London Authorities (ALA) and the London Boroughs Association (LBA) from April 1.

The Association of London Government, which will represent all 32 London boroughs and the City of London, will be based in the ALA's current premises at 36 Old Queen Street in Westminster. The new association will be staffed by officers from the ALA and LBA.

Today's inaugural meeting of the Association of London Government agreed the following elections unanimously:

Joint presidents: Lord Graham of Edmonton (ALA president) and Lord Jenkin of Roding (LBA president); Chair: Haringey LBC leader Toby Harris; Deputy chair: Croydon LBC leader Mary Walker; Vice chairs: Greenwich LBC leader Len Duvall, Bromley LBC leader Dennis Barkway and Richmond LBC leader David Williams.

'This new association is good news for London and for Londoners,' said cllr Harris. 'The Association of London Government will ensure that the capital's concerns are not ignored. Representing all London authorities, it will provide an effective voice to raise London issues with government, with other organisations and in Europe.'
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