23 May 2016
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon met the new London Mayor Sadiq Khan at City Hall today.
It was an introductory meeting where they discussed topics of mutual interest, including the importance of building economic connections between Scotland and London and the forthcoming EU referendum.
Following the meeting the First Minister said:
I was pleased to meet Sadiq Khan early in his tenure as the new London Mayor. He has a wealth of experience behind him and it is clear to me that he will bring fresh ideas for developing a stronger working relationship between London and Scotland.
“Scotland is already the most prosperous part of the country outside of London. And we’ve got the people, the natural resources, the research base and the international reputation to achieve greater success in the future. I want to see our links with London strengthened and we will be opening a new hub for the Scottish Government and our agencies to build better business links in London later this year.
“There is also an opportunity for us to share experiences in areas of policy such as education and in improving transport connections.
“Last year I saw for myself when I visited Tower Hamlets how excellent leadership in schools can be key to their success.
“Leadership has played a crucial role in improving attainment in London schools and just as the rest of the world learns from the best of Scotland’s education system, it is right that we learn the lessons from London and around the world on closing the attainment gap.
“One area where we have shared interest is the importance of remaining in the European Union for both or our economies. Membership of the EU has been good for the prosperity and wellbeing of everyone across our country and plays a crucial role in the success of our financial services and international export industries.
“I look forward to developing our stronger ties.”