Minister for London

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Minister for London
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Incumbent
Jo Johnson

since 9 January 2018
Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government
Appointer Elizabeth II
Inaugural holder John Gummer
Formation 1994
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The Minister for London is a United Kingdom Government ministerial post in the Department for Communities and Local Government. The Minister 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 Jo Johnson.[1]

History[edit]

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.[2] After Tony Blair entered office, the Labour government set up an elected Mayor of London.[2] 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.[3] In 2016 however, the post was revived by Theresa May and was assigned to Gavin Barwell.

List of Ministers for London[edit]

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
Labour Tony Blair
Keith Hill MP (cropped).jpg Keith Hill
MP for Streatham
29 July
1999
8 June
2001
Labour
Nick Raynsford MP.jpg Nick Raynsford
MP for Greenwich and Woolwich
8 June
2001
March
2003
Labour
McNulty bus.jpg Tony McNulty
MP for Harrow East
March 2003 June
2003
[4]
Labour
Keith Hill MP (cropped).jpg Keith Hill
MP for Streatham
June
2003
6 May
2005
[5][dead link]
Labour
Jim Fitzpatrick.jpg Jim Fitzpatrick
MP for Poplar and Canning Town
6 May
2005
28 June
2007
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.jpg Jo Johnson
MP for Orpington
9 January
2018
Incumbent Minister of State for Transport Conservative

Shadow Minister[edit]

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[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Minister for London, HM Government, retrieved 9 January 2018 
  2. ^ a b Ben Pimlott (2002). Governing London. Nirmala Rao. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-924492-8. 
  3. ^ Mulholland, Hélène (4 June 2010). "Minister for London post abolished by David Cameron". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  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]