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Boris built a digital London — now he must turbocharge digital Britain

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With the economy slowly beginning to reopen as lockdown measures are eased, all eyes this week will be on the government’s plan for reigniting confidence and growth.

The Prime Minister is expected to refocus on the levelling-up agenda, skirting any suggestion of a return to austerity and concentrating instead on public services, the environment, and investment in infrastructure.

Boris Johnson has been here before. Just four months after we came into City Hall in 2008, we were faced with the global banking crisis. The sight of Lehman Brothers employees filing out of their Docklands office was a shock felt deeply across a city known as the world’s financial centre.

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We had to plan and react quickly to make sure London came out of that crisis stronger. And over the following years we transformed the city into a global technology powerhouse: building the Tech City ecosystem, seeding a startup culture based around “Silicon Roundabout”, and attracting innovative people and........

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