Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Property Crisis 'Could Hit Response to Terror Attack'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Property Crisis 'Could Hit Response to Terror Attack'

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Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor

LONDON'S ability to withstand a major terrorist attack is being undermined by its housing crisis, Dame Tessa Jowell warned today.

So few police and emergency workers can afford to live in the capital there could be a shortage of personnel to cope with a disaster like the July 7 bombings of 2005.

"The housing crisis isn't just a threat to economic growth or the life chances of Londoners," the former Olympics minister told the Base London 2014 conference at Guildhall. "It also has the potential to impact on whether London will be able to cope in the instance of a major infrastructure failure, such as a power outage, or terrorist attack."

Dame Tessa, who is tipped to run for mayor in 2016, was among a range of London figures from planning, business and politics at the conference on strategic challenges.

Others today included former mayor Ken Livingstone, would-be mayor and transport expert Christian Wolmar, and Sir David King, the chairman of Future Cities Catapult and a former Government Chief Scientific Adviser. …

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