Before becoming the Labour and Co-operative MP for Ealing North, James Murray was the Deputy Mayor for Housing at City Hall.
As Deputy Mayor he oversaw the Mayor’s £4.8 billion affordable homes programme, including ‘Building Council Homes for Londoners’ – the first-ever City Hall initiative dedicated to building new council homes.
In the first year of this new programme, more council homes got underway in London than in any time for the last 30 years. With national policies continuing to push more people onto the streets, he also oversaw the doubling of City Hall’s rough sleeping budget and major extensions to severe weather shelters across the capital.
Before joining City Hall, James held the position of Executive Member for Housing and Development at Islington Council for six years. Whilst there, he led the fight across London against the Conservatives’ plans to raise ‘affordable rents’ to near-market level, and he introduced a new approach requiring developers to be transparent about the viability of their projects.
James grew up in Ealing with his mum who was a Labour Councillor in Cleveland from 2014-18.