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London mayor puts gender equality at heart of office, appoints 3 women to top roles

Sadiq Khan, with his wife Saadiya, family and aides arrives at City Hall on May 6, 2016 in London, England. (Mary Turner/Getty Images)

London’s new mayor, Sadiq Khan, has appointed women to two of his top three roles, when he named his deputy mayors for policing and transport. Sophie Linden will oversee the Metropolitan Police and Val Shawcross is to be deputy chair of Transport for London.

Khan — who promised to “put the fight for gender equality” at the heart of his mayoralty — had already announced his statutory deputy is Joanne McCartney, meaning three of his four deputies are women. McCartney was Khan’s first appointment. She had earlier been tapped for the policing role, after leading Assembly investigations into child sexual exploitation and the prevention of extremism in London.

“It is unacceptable that in London, one of the world’s greatest and most progressive cities, someone’s pay, career prospects and their safety are still dependent on their gender,” he said while campaigning for office.

Read the full story at the Evening Standard.

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