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Sadiq Khan promotes Justine Simons to deputy mayor for culture

Justine Simons and Sadiq Khan Deputy London mayor Justine Simons and London mayor Sadiq Khan
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Sadiq Khan has appointed Justine Simons as his deputy mayor for culture and creative industries.

Simons is currently head of culture at City Hall, and has previously worked in the dance sector as a producer and director.

London mayor Khan described her as a “tour de force” in the cultural sector and added that she shared his “passion to ensure culture is at the heart of city life”.

“In the fallout from the EU referendum, our city’s cultural well-being has never been so important, especially through its power to bring communities together, and to ensure our ongoing status as a globally attractive destination for business,” he said.

He added: ”I am delighted to have Justine on board to deliver my ambitious programme at such a critical time.”

Simons said Khan had “done something unprecedented for a global city” by making culture a top priority.

Khan’s election manifesto made a number of pledges in relation to the arts, including a London Borough of Culture scheme.

“It is now more urgent than ever to unlock the potential of culture to build bridges and bring people and communities together,” she added.

Simons established the World Cities Cultural Forum.

When Boris Johnson was mayor, his deputy for culture was Munira Mirza.

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