May 18, 2016

London's new mayor into cooperatives

Cooperative News

Labour’s Sadiq Khan, who has pledged a number of co-operative proposals for London, has been elected mayor of the capital. In the lead up to the election, he unveiled a manifesto “for all Londoners”, which included proposals for co-operative, mutual and not-for-profit organizations.

Writing for Co-operative News last month Mr Khan said: “London gave me the chance to go from a council estate to helping to run a successful business and serving as a transport minister […] My ambition is to ensure that all Londoners have the same opportunities to get on in life that our city gave me.”

Mr Khan said this ambition drew inspiration from the co-operative sector, “which in London contains hundreds of thousands of member-owners and hundreds of small- and medium sized community-led enterprises.”

“The wider co-operative movement in London has always been at the forefront of inclusive and shared business practices, which can play a key role in the capital’s future success,” said Mr Khan, adding that co-operative housing, community energy and a not-for-profit mutual bus sector would be priorities. “Community-led mutual bus services are delivering services in the capital already, but I want to see more,” he said.

“Through these proposals and many others, we can make a real difference and demonstrate how co-operative values and principles can play an active and positive role in the future of London and all Londoners.”

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