First he was staying at home. Then he was going to Cannes.
London Mayor Boris Johnson might just be wishing he’d stood firm with his first decision to stay in London while other local authorities headed for MIPIM next week.
This lunchtime, protest group London not for sale will march on City Hall to try and stop Boris selling London at MIPIM. The group, made up of housing groups and London residents says it is ‘expressing…anger at Mayor Boris Johnson and over 20 UK councils participating in the MIPIM conference which is fuelling the housing crisis.”
A competition is being held to bring the most ‘For Sale’ signs to the protest about what it calls policies to ‘marketise housing’ and to highlight the difficulty of people finding affordable, secure housing.
Boris usually gets it in the neck for going to MIPIM. The national press, on an almost annual basis, question the use of tax payers money. The local authorities say representation at the show is vital to showcase our projects on an international stage and secure investment.
And even without Boris’ trademark blonde barnet bobbing down the Croissette, it’s unlikely the capital’s housing crisis would go unnoticed, with Richard Blakeway, Deputy Mayor of London housing, land and property, appointed by Boris to look into the capital’s housing strategy, due to speak at the London Pavillion on Wednesday.
But with trouble back home, could it just make Boris think twice about his presence at the show?