City Talks: Tony Travers on the history of London’s boroughs

Andrew Carter talks to the LSE's Tony Travers about his new book London's Boroughs at 50

Podcast published on 10 February 2016

In this month’s episode, Andrew talks to the LSE’s Tony Travers about his new book London’s Boroughs at 50 [Amazon], and what the 1965 reorganisation of the capital’s local government can tell us about the formation of new city-region bodies today. The conversation touches on how the boundaries of London were drawn up and negotiated, the characters different boroughs have developed, and the balance of power between local authorities and larger metropolitan units of government. Tony and Andrew also discuss the legacy of the New Urban Left’s battle with the Thatcher government in the 1980s, and how the boroughs will fare in the future.

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