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Boris Johnson gives the go-ahead to UKCMRI laboratory | January 14, 2011

The heading from the mayoral website – “World class medical research centre given go-ahead in London ” – says it all, namely, Johnson was behind the project from the word go. In fact, we know this from earlier reports such as this:

“London must lead the way in  research and development to advance medical science, and it is fantastic news that the capital will now be the home of the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI),” says Johnson. “It’s quite clear that linking research to delivery in the NHS will significantly advance our fight against major diseases and improve health care.”  April 18, 2008

The planning application was referred to him because although Camden Council had granted permission, the building is of a height  which requires the mayor to also give his approval. I would be most interested to know  how Johnson could make an impartial decision on the particular application . Robert Henderson

Extract from press release on the mayoral website

World class medical research centre given go-ahead in London

14 JANUARY 2011

Plans to build Europe’s largest biomedical research centre in Camden have today been approved by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

The pioneering laboratory and research institution, located in Brill Place, will become a world class facility for cancer research, securing 1,500 jobs, strengthening the capital’s reputation as centre for excellence for medical science and helping maintain its competitiveness in health education.

Plans for the 90,000 square foot environmentally sustainable centre were submitted by the UKCMRI Consortium, consisting of Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council (MRC) and University College London (UCL). Once completed, its staff will develop life-changing new treatments for illnesses including cancers, heart disease, strokes and flu.

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