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Shadow Minister For London

Minister for London
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Incumbent
Paul Scully

since 13 February 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
AppointerElizabeth II
Inaugural holderJohn Gummer
Formation1994
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politics and government of
London
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The Minister for London is a United Kingdom Government ministerial post in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The officeholder is responsible for policy relating to London including informing Members of Parliament in the House of Commons on the activities of the Greater London Authority. The role is currently held by minister Paul Scully, who was appointed on 13 February 2020.

History

London had been under the authority of the London County Council and then the Greater London Council, but Margaret Thatcher 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 centralised 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, worked with the Minister and the Government Office.

The post was scrapped by David Cameron after he came to office in 2010.[2] In 2016 however, the post was revived by Theresa May and was assigned to Gavin Barwell.

List of Ministers for London

Colour key (for political parties):
  Conservative   Labour

Portrait Name Term of office Concurrently held office Political party Prime Minister
John Gummer 2006-03-01.jpg John Gummer
MP for Suffolk Coastal
1994 2 May
1997
- Secretary of State for the Environment Conservative John Major
Nick Raynsford MP.jpg Nick Raynsford
MP for Greenwich and Woolwich
2 May
1997
29 July
1999
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Regions Labour Tony Blair
Keith Hill MP (cropped).jpg Keith Hill
MP for Streatham
29 July
1999
7 June
2001
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport Labour
Nick Raynsford MP.jpg Nick Raynsford
MP for Greenwich and Woolwich
7 June
2001
12 March
2003
- Minister of State for Local and Regional Government[3] Labour
McNulty bus.jpg Tony McNulty
MP for Harrow East
12 March 2003 13 June
2003
[4]
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport Labour
Keith Hill MP (cropped).jpg Keith Hill
MP for Streatham
13 June
2003
6 May
2005
[5][dead link]
- Minister of State for Housing and Planning Labour
Jim Fitzpatrick.jpg Jim Fitzpatrick
MP for Poplar and Canning Town
6 May
2005
28 June
2007
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development Labour
Tessa Jowell.jpg Tessa Jowell
MP for Dulwich and West Norwood
28 June
2007
3 October
2008
- Minister for the Olympics
- Paymaster General
Labour Gordon Brown
McNulty bus.jpg Tony McNulty
MP for Harrow East
3 October
2008
5 June
2009
- Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform Labour
Tessa Jowell.jpg Tessa Jowell
MP for Dulwich and West Norwood
5 June
2009
11 May
2010
- Paymaster General
- Minister for the Olympics
- Minister for the Cabinet Office
Labour
Office not in use 11 May
2010
17 July
2016
David Cameron (I·II)
Gavin Barwell 2015.jpg Gavin Barwell
MP for Croydon Central
17 July
2016
9 June
2017
- Minister of State for Housing and Planning Conservative Theresa May (I)
Official portrait of Greg Hands crop 2.jpg Greg Hands
MP for Chelsea and Fulham
13 June
2017
9 January
2018
- Minister of State for Trade and Investment Conservative Theresa May (II)
Official portrait of Joseph Johnson crop 2 (cropped).jpg Jo Johnson
MP for Orpington
9 January
2018
9 November
2018
- Minister of State for Transport Conservative
Official portrait of Mr Nick Hurd crop 2.jpg Nick Hurd
MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner
14 November
2018
18 December
2019
- Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Conservative
Boris Johnson (I)
Official portrait of Chris Philp crop 2.jpg Chris Philp
MP for Croydon South
18 December
2019
13 February
2020
- Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice Conservative Boris Johnson (II)
Official portrait of Paul Scully MP crop 2.jpg Paul Scully
MP for Sutton and Cheam
13 February
2020
Incumbent - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Conservative

Shadow Minister

The position of Shadow Minister for London was retained by Labour under the leadership of Ed Miliband, and was held by Sadiq Khan throughout Miliband's leadership. However, since Khan's nomination as Labour's candidate for Mayor of London and Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, the office has remained vacant.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Ben Pimlott (2002). Governing London. Nirmala Rao. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-924492-8.
  2. ^ Mulholland, Hélène (4 June 2010). "Minister for London post abolished by David Cameron". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ Local Government (2001-02)
  4. ^ "Press release: Association of London Government looking forward to working with new Minister for London". 12 March 2003. Archived from the original on 27 November 2007.
  5. ^ [1]

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