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ONE LONDON, ONE DEMOCRATIC VOICE

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A single democratically elected voice for London came closer as the balance of power shifted away from the Tories....
A single democratically elected voice for London came closer as the balance of power shifted away from the Tories.

Toby Harris, chair of the Labour-dominated Association of London Authorities, immediately wrote to Environment Secretary John Gummer proposing that the new Government Office for London be put under council control.

Conservative defeats mean the London Boroughs Association, Conservative-controlled since Labour councils broke away in 1983, now has a membership of just five Tory councils. Of its previous 19 members, 13 were Conservative with two Labour and three Liberal Democrats and the apolitical Corporation of London.

John Hall, secretary of the LBA, said members were likely to discuss closer working ties with the ALA. 'We still don't see outright merger as a political runner. There still isn't a Labour landslide in London'.
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