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Labour call for transport ticket price freeze

Commuters at a ticket gate Credit: PA

The Labour London Assembly member, Val Shawcross, is calling on Boris Johnson to scrap a 2.5 per cent increase to Transport for London fares.

Ms Shawcross is instead suggesting that the Mayor uses money from unallocated TfL income to reverse the need for an increase.

A study commissioned by the Labour member found that seventy six per cent of Londoners now believe fares are too high.

Report: 'Damage to city's ability to stay open for business'

A London First report set to be published this week said pressure from other parts of Britain to reduce immigration was damaging to London’s ability to “stay open for business”.

Report cites 'damage to London's ability to stay open for business'. Credit: PA

The report, which will be published this week, also said pressure from other parts of Britain to reduce immigration was damaging to London’s ability to “stay open for business”.

London faces growing competition from alternative hubs, such as Singapore, that are geographically, culturally and linguistically closer to large emerging markets.

National public opinion and hence UK government policy could put pressure on some of the critical underpinnings of London’s [leading position], in particular its openness to immigration and its relationship with the European Union.

– London First report

A London First report was covered by the FT. It also says that the UK airport capacity and the visa system also need to be improved.

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