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Richard Blakeway

Department: The Office of Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Position: Director of Housing

Last Updated: Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Richard Blakeway was an adviser to Boris Johnson during the Mayoral campaign, specialising in housing. In September 2008 (having joined the Mayor’s transition team) he became Director of Housing. He is responsible for the Mayor’s statutory housing strategy and is a member of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) London Board, which is chaired by Boris Johnson, and has daily oversight of its £5 billion budget for 2008-11.

Blakeway serves as the link person with national government, boroughs, developers and housing associations, and chairs the Mayor’s delivery board to end rough sleeping by 2012 and community land trusts. He works closely with Sir Simon Milton. He has spoken of the UK lagging behind other countries in innovative housing policy and believes that housing investment must be linked to other forms of investment such as schools, infrastructure and transport.

Blakeway, 30, was educated at Adams College, a selective state school that is sponsored by Drapers Company. He then went on to Hull University, where he read British Politics and Legislative Studies under Tory peer Lord Norton of Louth. Blakeway worked in the House of Commons for seven years, including as a researcher for Banbury MP Tony Baldry.

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