Whether it is the congestion charge or bendy buses, action on climate change or gay rights, the establishment of the Mayor of London has affected the lives of nearly all 7.5 million Londoners. In 2000 Ken Livingstone became the first directly-elected mayor in the UK. Now, ten years since the first inauguration of the Mayor of London, this symposium offers the chance to assess the success of the role and to conjecture as to the future of the governance of Greater London and beyond.
Particular issues to be discussed include how well the first directly elected mayor in British history has worked, whether London could be a model for other cities, and the general problems of governing London, in particular the conflict between London as a whole and the boroughs.
Vernon Bogdanor CBE is Emeritus Gresham Professor of Law, current Visiting Gresham Professor of Political History, Research Professor at King's College London, a Fellow of the British Academy and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Prior to 2010, Professor Bogdanor was a Fellow of Brasenose College and Professor of Government at Oxford University.
He has been an adviser to a number of governments, including those of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Israel and Slovakia. His books include The People and the Party System, Multi-Party Politics and the Constitution, Power and the People, and Devolution in the United Kingdom. He is a frequent contributor to TV, radio and the press and is a sometimes special advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities (1982-83), and the House of Commons Public Service Committee. Most recently he was awarded the Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies by the Political Studies Association.
Professor Bogdanor's previous lecture series are as follows:
2017/18 British Political Parties
2016/17 The Monarchy
2014/15 Six General Elections
2013/14 Britain and Europe
2010/12 Britain in the 20th Century
All of Professor Bogdanor's past Gresham lectures can be accessed here.
Professor Sir Roderick Floud FBA is an Honorary Fellow of Gresham College having served as the Provost of Gresham College between 2008 and 2014, taking over the role from Lord Sutherland of Houndwood KT FBA and being followed by Sir Richard Evans FBA. Sir Roderick Floud is President Emeritus of the London Metropolitan University and he was previously the Chairperson of the Standing Committee for the Social Sciences at the European Science Foundation.
His particular interests in part-time and mature students in higher education has been reflected in many of his publications as well as his participation in numerous boards and committees. Of particular note are his roles as President of Universities UK (representing 121 British Universities), Vice-President of the European University Association (where he was particularly involved in the 'Bologna process' of converging European education systems), and Chair of the Social Sciences Committee of the European Science Foundation (representing research councils and learned academies from thirty European Countries). In 2005 he received a knighthood for his services to Higher Education in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
Sir Roderick Floud is an economic historian, with publications on topics as diverse as technological change, the use of IT in the study of history, the evolution of technical education and changes in human height, health and welfare. He holds honorary fellowships from Emmanuel College Cambridge, Wadham College Oxford, Birkbeck College London and the Historical Association, as well as honorary degrees from City University London and the University of Westminster. He was elected an Academician of the Social Sciences in 2000 and a Fellow of the British Academy in 2002.
Stuart Fraser, Chairman of the Policy & Resources Committee, a Common Councilman of the City of London since 1993, representing Coleman Street Ward, Stuart Fraser is a former Chairman of the Planning Committee (1997 – 2000) and was Deputy Chairman of the Policy & Resources Committee (2003 – 2008). Stuart represents the City of London on the London Councils’ Leaders Committee as well as a number of other external organisations and bodies.
Stuart Fraser came to the City of London in 1963 as a trainee stockbroker and over the course of his career moved through a succession of investment related disciplines, including Foreign Exchange, Money Broking, International Equities, Investment Research and Fund Management, becoming a member of the London Stock Exchange in 1980. Stuart is currently a director of Brewin Dolphin Securities, the UK’s largest independent quoted stockbroker responsible for the management of Private Client, Charitable and Trust investment portfolios and is Chairman of the Group’s Asset Allocation Committee. He is an Associate of the CFA and Research and a Fellow of the Securities and Investment Institute.
Professor Tony Travers is director of LSE London, a research centre at the London School of Economics. He is also a professor in the LSE’s Government Department. His key research interests include public finance, local/regional government and London government. He is currently an advisor to the House of Commons Education Select Committee and also the Communities and Local Government Select Committee. He is a research board member of the Centre for Cities and a board member of the New Local Government Network. He is an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy. He was a Senior Associate of the Kings Fund from 1999 to 2004, and also a member of the Arts Council’s Touring Panel during the late 1990s. From 1992 to 1997, he was a member of the Audit Commission. He was a member of the Urban Task Force Working Group on Finance.