Council leader gets new London Brexit role

News Desk (19 October, 2016) Politics

Cllr Peter John appointed to new position within London Councils group representing London boroughs

11140Council leader Peter John

The leader of Southwark Council, Peter John OBE, has been given a new role to represent London councils on matters relating to Brexit.

London Councils – a cross-party group which represents the capital’s 32 borough authorities – has appointed cllr John as its elected deputy chair, and as its executive member for business, skills and Brexit.

The Southwark leader said: “I’m delighted that I’ve been reappointed as a London Councils executive member, and with a brief that couldn’t be more timely nor important.

“In Southwark, one of our top priorities is helping residents build the skills they need to get the jobs they want, and there is a huge amount we can do across London to ensure local people benefit from the growth and regeneration going on around them.

“And of course Brexit is of huge concern to many in London, not least in Southwark where a large majority of residents voted to remain. I’m determined to work with councils across London, and the Mayor, to limit any negative impact of the Brexit plans, and to show that London is very much open for business.”

Cllr John had previously been London Councils’ member for Children, Skills and Employment.

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