London Assembly Member James Cleverly has been appointed London’s ‘Ambassador for young people’ by Mayor Boris Johnson. City Hall says Cleverly will work alongside Deputy Mayor for Policing, Kit Malthouse, to address the complex, long-term root causes of crime and violence amongst young people.
The appointment follows the resignation of Ray Lewis, the so-called ‘deputy Mayor for people’ who was Johnson’s first major appointment following his election victory last May.
Announcing the appointment, Mayor Johnson said: “I am delighted that James has agreed to take on this crucial challenge. He, like me, is determined that every young person in London should be given hope and opportunity and that those involved in a life of gangs, crime and violence are drawn to a more meaningful and positive alternative”.
Cleverly, who was also elected in May’s GLA elections, and represents the Bexley and Bromley seat said: “This role provides a fantastic opportunity to build on the excellent work being done already by the private, public and voluntary sectors to help young people harness their talents and provide them with real opportunities in life.”
“Working with the police, young people’s organisations and agencies across the board, I hope to draw together the work being done so that the sum is greater than its parts.”