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London devolution & James Bond spy tunnels plan

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A business group representing 170 top London firms has issued its own manifesto of “quick win” measures and longer term reforms that it claims could turbo-charge the capital’s economic potential.

BusinessLDN suggests post-General Election changes include increasing devolution for London, scrapping stamp duty on share trades and a controversial review of green belt development rules.

It comes as plans are teased for a new underground museum that could see a James Bond exhibition hosted as one of its first attractions.

The once secret Kingsway Exchange Tunnels, which run 40 metres under High Holborn, is planned to be transformed into a cultural space after developers applied to the City of London Corporation for permission.

To discover more about their reporting, Mark Blunden is joined by the Evening Standard’s business editor Jonathan Prynn and arts correspondent Robert Dex.


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