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Sealing the Deal

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Oct
30

Private companies can foot the bill for free 4G, TV screens, lifts and toilets for tube passengers

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Oct
30

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Examples of sponsorship providing drinking fountains, video screens and mobile phone connectivity

· Industry experts back the huge benefits tube sponsorship can bring to passenger journeys
· Feasibility study casts serious doubt over TfL’s spurious “£4M cost” to rename one tube station

Private companies sponsoring the tube can overhaul the tube system for London’s commuters by footing the bill for major projects such as free 4G, lifts and TV screens.

A new report “Sealing the Deal: TfL sponsorship feasibility study” shows industry experts backing the huge benefits tube sponsorship can bring to passenger journeys, in addition to bearing down on fares. As part of any sponsorship deal, there is potential for companies to pay for or significantly contribute towards specific upgrades or improvements to stations such as mobile phone connectivity at tube platforms, TV news broadcasts on platforms, lifts, ramps, station deep cleans, toilets and water fountains.

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Andrew Boff: Tougher Sanctions won’t help us find London’s hidden slaves

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Oct
21

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I welcome this government’s commitment to tackle human trafficking. The new Anti-Slavery Bill   and announcement to introduce tougher sanctions is a step in the right direction. However, a lack of harsh penalties is not the chief reason that traffickers feel invincible.

Identification

We need to be able to identify victims in the first place. My new report, Shadow City – Exposing Human Trafficking  in Everyday London, found that we are hopeless at this.  The myth of thousands of padlocked Eastern European virgins forced to work in brothels makes us blind to most trafficking cases taking place.

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Richard Tracey: The HS2 business case is flawed

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Oct
20

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The fact that half of the surveyed FTSE 100 bosses are against HS2 being built further underlines why this project has very deep economic faults which the Department for Transport should analyse more seriously. The business case for the project is flawed, highlighted again by the Government’s own report yesterday which has lowered the expected benefit-cost ratio and revised an earlier assumption that business people do not get much work done on trains.

The colossal £42bn cost should be spent on better and cheaper schemes across the UK. Here in the Capital, our Mayor should fight hard for a significant amount of this cash, and invest it directly into our tube, bus, cycle and riverboat networks, making London an even more attractive city to live, work and invest in.

Authorities blind to the hidden crime of human trafficking in the Capital

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Oct
14

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  • Just 36 of London’s 389 human trafficking cases have been identified by the Met this year
  • Under-threat Met police human trafficking unit is ‘vital’ to clamp down on London’s hidden slavery cases
  • Investigations could pay for themselves from recuperated proceeds of crime through specialist teams

There have been 1,057 potential victims of human trafficking* identified in the UK so far this year¹. London accounts for 39% of all cases (389) identified by local authorities, the Met and NGOs such as charities¹. Of London’s 389 cases, just 36 were picked up by the Met.

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Shadow City

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Oct
13

James Cleverly: Let Crystal Palace reclaim its namesake for Bromley and London

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Oct
4

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It’s exciting to hear about the bold new proposal for the redevelopment of the Crystal Palace site by the developer Ni Zhaoxing. The redevelopment not only represents jobs and growth for that part of Bromley, which has a real buzz surrounding it, it also represents an international vote of confidence in London. London showed the world in 2012 that it has the ability to deliver big developments at the highest level and this has spurred investment. There’s still a great deal of work left before Crystal Palace can reclaim its namesake but Bromley and London shouldn’t miss this opportunity to maintain this great international reputation.

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