The number of people living in London has today exceeded the 8,615,000 record previously reached in 1939. Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London said:
‘There are quite a few factors contributing to this news, of course some people will only focus on one of them, but this new population high is due to a mix of internal and external movement. It’s time now to acknowledge the need to shift the balance within the UK economy. London is where people want to be for many reasons and to some extent the capital has been a victim of its own success.
‘What we must do is reduce the dominance of London in order to make possibilities and opportunities available elsewhere in the country. This will take time and should be part of longer term strategic thinking and planning. Meantime, local and London authorities need to be resourced properly to respond to pressures both physical – like adequate housing, and social – for example, community development.’
‘London has always been a diverse city, people from anywhere in the world can feel as home here as those born within the sound of Bow Bells. That is to be celebrated while acknowledging that it doesn’t magically happen, it requires effort and commitment, backed by appropriate resources.’