London’s Mayor at 20

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We hosted a launch event to celebrate the publication of our new book, ‘London’s Mayor at 20: Governing a global city in the 21st century’, co-written with Professor Tony Travers.


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About the event

In 2020, London’s Mayor and London Assembly turned 20. The book, released to mark this anniversary, combines expert analysis with first-hand testimony from those closely involved in the mayoralty’s operation to date. It appraises the mayoralty’s strengths and weaknesses across the range of policy areas for which it is responsible.

Both the book and this event explored at how the role of Mayor of London has evolved over its 20-year lifespan, and where it might go next, at a time of great uncertainty for the future of the mayoralty, its autonomy, and its relationship with central government.

Introduced by Centre for London’s Jack Brown, and chaired by Professor Tony Travers, our speakers discussed the successes and challenges of London’s mayoralty to date, and what might come next for the capital, its people, and its governance.


  • Introduction: Jack BrownResearch Manager, Centre for London
  • Chair: Tony Travers, Director, LSE London
  • Nicky Gavron, London Assembly Member
  • Bharat Mehta CBE, Chief Executive, Trust for London
  • The Baroness Valentine, Backbencher, House of Lords