Levelling up in a high growth city

Pelican House, 144 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E1 5QJ

In the week before local elections, join candidates and local economy experts to discuss what levelling up looks like in London.

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The government’s levelling up agenda is widely understood to seek to correct regional economic disparities and post-industrial decline. But inequality knows no boundaries: destitution and disadvantage is just as prevalent in international, high growth cities, like London.

In the week before local elections which will see all of the capital’s borough council seats up for grabs, and new mayors elected in Croydon, Hackney, Lewisham, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Watford, CLES will gather mayoral candidates, council leaders and experts in the local economy to ask the question: what does levelling up look like in a high growth city?

Sarah Longlands, CLES’s Chief Executive, will explore the role of community wealth building in addressing the challenges being faced in the UK’s places, before we hear more about the context in London from Nick Bowes, Chief Executive at the Centre for London. We’ll then hand over to the candidates to discuss the specific challenges in their boroughs, their vision of a better local economic approach and the asks they have of national government. The audience will be able to put their questions to the panel and there will be an opportunity to network over refreshments after the speeches close.


  • Sarah Longlands, Chief Executive, CLES (chair)
  • Nick Bowes, Chief Executive, Centre for London
  • Cllr Georgia Gould, Leader, Camden London Borough Council
  • Rabina Khan, mayoral candidate for Tower Hamlets

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