Tom Copley announced as London's new housing deputy mayor

London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced Tom Copley, chair of the London Assembly's housing committee, as his new deputy mayor for housing and residential development.

Tom Copley. Pic: GLA
Tom Copley. Pic: GLA

Copley, who has been a Labour member of the assembly since 2012, will succeed James Murray, who recently left the post after winning the vote to become Labour MP for Ealing North in December's general election.

A spokesman for City Hall said that Copley will, like Murray, advise Khan on some planning issues but that primary responsibility in this area remains with Jules Pipe, deputy mayor for planning, regeneration and skills. 

The 34-year old has also been a member of the London Borough of Lewisham since the 2018 London borough elections. 

But he will start in his new post as deputy mayor having stepped down as both a councillor and a London Assembly member.

Copley is also currently a member of both the assembly’s planning and transport committees.

In his capacity as assembly housing chair, Copley oversaw the release of a report last May that highlighted the poor quality and affordability of homes being delivered through permitted development rights.

He has also called for requirements for landlords offering short-term lets to register with their local authority to help ensure adherence with planning regulations. 

Housing is one of the "biggest challenges" facing London, Copley said.

He added: "Since the mayor was elected in 2016, City Hall has taken a much more ambitious approach to tackling the housing crisis, including directly funding council housing for the first time. I look forward to building on that work in order to deliver the genuinely affordable homes that Londoners need."


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