The 693rd Lord Mayor of the City of London, Vincent Keaveny, will give a speech at the London Government Dinner at the Mansion House today (30 May).
Addressing an audience of senior figures from London Government, he will speak alongside the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Cllr Georgia Gould, Chair of London Councils.
“The City of London will be there to support the whole capital in the tough times ahead. London succeeds when we pull together as one capital city and when we pull together as a country – not when we use the words ‘London’ or ‘metropolitan’ as though they were an insult,” he will say.
“When we talk about “levelling up”, let’s make sure this includes levelling up across London, rather than against London. It is the people of London who give the capital its greatness.
“Our success is as a place where people can come together to create, to innovate, and to succeed.
“Earlier this month, we launched a new membership body: Progress Together – the first of its kind, to ensure financial services firms enable people from all socio-economic backgrounds to progress in their careers on an equal footing.
“The success of the businesses here rests on the talent and hard work of the people from across London and beyond.
“When I travel overseas to promote trade and investment in UK financial and professional services, I find people look to London as a world-leading city. Which it is, especially when it comes to finding the solutions to climate change, cyber security and other challenges. London is one of the UK’s strongest assets – anything which holds London back, holds the UK back.
“A strong London underpins a strong UK. Which is why I am so glad to see dramatic improvements to London’s transport infrastructure and connectivity, such as the Elizabeth Line – which the City Corporation has backed since its inception and contributed £200million towards.
“It was great to see the line opened by Her Majesty the Queen just in time for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. As well as being an important milestone in our nation’s history, and a time for unity and joy, I hope this week’s celebrations in the capital will also mark an important milestone in London’s recovery – something which everyone here has a role in.”