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Ealing leads levelling up in London event at House of Commons

Ealing Central and Acton MP Dr Rupa Huq was among the speakers at a special event held last week (13 March 2024) at the House of Commons discussing levelling up in London, inequality in the capital and how it can be addressed by government.

The event, London After Levelling Up? Inequality, opportunity and the future of the capital, was organised by the Centre for Inequality and Levelling Up at Ealing’s University of West London.

Levelling up event at House of Commons. Photo: University of West London
Levelling up event at House of Commons. Photo: University of West London

Speaking after the event, Dr Huq said: “It was great to engage with leading academics and experts at our research symposium last Wednesday. Contrary to the assumptions underpinning the Tory Government’s Levelling Up Agenda, they showed that London is one of the region’s most in need of levelling up, with some of the highest levels of child poverty, housing unaffordability, and health inequalities.”

Others who also took part in the event included Jo Dromey, director, Central London Forward; Dr Jack Brown, lecturer in London Studies, King’s College London; Joe Fyans, head of research, Localis; Dr Jessica Allen, Institute for Health Equity, University College London; and Jon Tabbush and Millie Mitchell, Centre for London.

Professor Peter John CBE, vice-chancellor and president, University of West London and principal, Ruskin College added: “It was a lively and well attended event. A range of speakers addressed a series of important questions about the levels of inequality in the capital including health disparities, housing problems and educational inequities. Questions from the floor were probing and passionate and offered a range of solutions to any incoming government.”

Commenting on the evening and its discussions that took place, Professor Graeme Atherton, head of the Centre for Inequality and Levelling Up commented: “This event showed that London has its one distinct challenges where levelling is concerned and we need policies going forward that understand and address them.”

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