Digby Jones, the ex-KPMG partner who is now director-general of the CBI, made the comments as it became apparent that Livingstone had won the historic poll despite a late surge in support for Tory Steve Norris.Livingstone won a total of 776,427 votes to 564,137 for Conservative candidate Steve Norris after second preferences were calculated during a marathon election count.
He said: “Let’s put the rhetoric behind us and get on with making London the capital city where everyone wants to do business and lead quality lives. The CBI looks forward to working with Ken Livingstone to ensure that business needs and priorities receive early attention.”
Digby Jones added: “Tackling London’s enormous transport problem is the overwhelming business priority, and will undoubtedly be one of the acid tests of mayoral success. But also important are improvements to the way in which London is governed. Better co-ordination between planners and a more stream-lined and focused administration are needed to deliver the best results for London as a whole.
Jones concluded: “The Mayor will be faced by many competing pressures, but as the capital’s ambassador he must always make time to fight its corner as a global city. It is vital that London retains its place as an attractive location for international business.”
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