the history of Leyton and Leytonstone
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Public transport in London, and public amenities generally, were not properly maintained or renewed. Leyton had particularly little local employment and its working population would have benefited more than most from increased investment in public transport, as was achieved for London’s buses by Ken Livingstone as Mayor of London (a post created by a 1999 statute, which was a reflection of Tony Blair’s admiration for government by strong leaders, constrained only by the need for periodic re-election). Renovation of underground and rail services was postponed by the national Labour government for some years after its 1997 election victory and until economic prosperity had been restored. There were few ministers from London in Tony Blair’s government.
1 Maureen Measure writing for Leyton & Leytonstone Historical Society