Transport for London is a local authority in its own right. The statutory corporation, strategically guided by the Mayor of London, regulated under local government finance rules, and governed by the Greater London Authority Act, directly employs nearly 30,000 people, operates one of the world’s most complicated rapid transport systems, and is responsible for one of the largest capital portfolios in Europe. Crossrail alone is Europe’s largest construction project.
A newly confident Sir Keir Starmer’s performance has improved and the shadow cabinet is getting better. Some of the party’s policies are still disastrous, but in a landmark speech former leader Tony Blair pointed a possible way forward.