Tom Copley

Tom Copley (born 11 May 1985) is a British Labour Party and Co-operative Party politician, serving as the Deputy Mayor of London for Housing and Residential Development.[1] He served as a London wide member of the London Assembly from 2012–2020 and is a former councillor on Lewisham Council.[2]

Tom Copley
Deputy Mayor of London for Housing and Residential Development
Assumed office
23 March 2020
Member of the London Assembly
as the 8th Additional Member
In office
4 May 2012 – 22 March 2020
Preceded byDee Doocey
Succeeded byAlison Moore
Lewisham London Borough Councillor
for Sydenham
In office
3 May 2018 – 20 March 2020
Personal details
Born (1985-05-11) 11 May 1985 (age 35)
Stockport, Greater Manchester,
United Kingdom
Political partyLabour Co-op
ResidenceCatford, London
Alma materUniversity of Nottingham


Copley studied at Bishop Wordsworth's School in Salisbury, before going on to study Politics at the University of Nottingham.[3] Copley is gay.[4]


Prior to his election as a London Assembly Member, Copley worked for Searchlight, the anti-racist and anti-fascist organisation.[3] He has also worked as the local organiser and agent for the Labour Party in Camden and on Ken Livingstone's successful campaign to be selected as Labour's candidate for the 2012 London mayoral election.[5]

Copley was Chair of London Young Labour from 2008 to 2009 and sat as London representative on the Young Labour National Committee from 2008 to 2011.

In 2010, he stood for election to Camden Council in the Haverstock ward.[6]

He was placed fourth on Labour's assembly list for the 2012 London Assembly election[7] and was elected as a London-wide assembly member in May 2012[8] after Labour received 41.1% of the vote.[9] He remains the youngest person ever to be elected to the London Assembly. He was re-elected as a Londonwide member in 2016 as the second-placed candidate on Labour's Londonwide list.[10] Copley was reselected as one of Labour's Londonwide list candidates for the 2020 London Assembly election,[11] though he was appointed to his Deputy Mayoral role and thus dropped out of the race before the order of candidates was determined.

Following his appointment as Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, Copley resigned as a member of the Assembly[12] and was replaced by the fifth member on Labour's 2016 Londonwide list, Alison Moore.[13]

Copley most recently served as Chair of the Assembly's Housing Committee, and also sat on the Transport, Confirmation Hearings, GLA Oversight and Planning committees.[14] He has been strongly critical of the failed Garden Bridge project,[15] campaigned for greater transparency on the issue[16] and served as Chair of the Assembly's Garden Bridge Working Group.[17]

Following his election to the London Assembly, he was made a patron of LGBT Labour.[18] He is on the boards of the New Diorama Theatre in Camden and the humanist charity Humanists UK, formerly the British Humanist Association.[19][20]

As well as the Labour party, Copley is also a member of the Co-operative party, the Fabian Society[3] and both Unite the Union and the GMB.[21] He is a republican and a member of Republic, the campaign for an elected head of state.[3]

Campaigns and activitiesEdit

Copley repeatedly challenged previous Mayor of London Boris Johnson over housing issues in London.[22] He has called for the introduction of a German model of rent regulation to be introduced to regulate rents in the private rented sector.[23]

In January 2013 he called for an investigation into allegations of blacklisting on the Crossrail project, claiming the practice was "almost endemic" in the construction industry.[24]

In July 2013 Copley undertook a rapporteurship into the challenges facing small theatres in London.[25] This resulted in the Centre Stage report.[26]

In 2016, he led a successful motion for the London Assembly to oppose the Prime Minister's plans to reinstate 100% religiously selective schools, citing evidence that this would harm London's community cohesion and discriminate against poorer families.[27]

Copley has campaigned extensively on housing issues including homelessness,[28][29][30] and the Right to Buy policy, on which he has produced two reports. The first of these, 'From Right to Buy to Buy to Let',[31] highlighted the large proportion of London council homes sold under the right to buy which end up in the private rented sector and called for sweeping reforms of the scheme. The 2019 follow up report, 'Right to Buy: Wrong for London',[32] focused on the money being spent by London Boroughs renting back their former properties and calledfor the scheme to be abolished entirely in London.[33]

In May 2019, he released a report – 'Slums of the Future: Permitted Development conversions in London' on the impact of the extension of permitted development rights whereby developers are able to convert office space to homes without planning oversight.[34] In this report Copley highlighted the poor quality and affordability of these homes and called for an end to Permitted Development rights for any conversions to residential homes.


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  2. ^ "Councillor Tom Copley". Lewisham Council.
  3. ^ a b c d "About Me". Tom Copley. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  4. ^ "London Assembly Member Tom Copley: Tesco Gay Best Friend inflatable doll 'reinforces stereotypes'". 27 September 2013.
  5. ^ Osley, Richard (3 March 2011). "Dismore claims he is Ken's man… but what about Tom?". Richard Osley. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Haverstock — Camden elections 2010". Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  7. ^ Ferguson, Mark (13 July 2011). "Labour announces London Assembly candidates". Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Labour watch Boris win again but score big consolation prizes". Camden New Journal. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  9. ^ Final Results. 2012 GLA Elections.
  10. ^ "Results 2016 | London Elects". Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  11. ^ "I'm delighted to have been shortlisted to go forward to the all member ballot for reselection as a Labour @LondonAssembly candidate. Thank you to the 24 CLPs who nominated me, and 11 affiliates who nominated or endorsed me. Ballots will go out to London members later this month | Twitter". Retrieved 2 October 2019.
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  13. ^ "Labour's Alison Moore and Murad Qureshi join London Assembly | East London and West Essex Guardian Series". Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  14. ^ "London Assembly – Membership of Committees/Bodies and Terms of Reference 2019/20 | London Assembly" (PDF). Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  15. ^ ""A story of incompetence, arrogance, privilege and power": A brief history of the Garden Bridge | CityMetric". Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  16. ^ "London Assembly announces fresh Garden Bridge probe | Architects Journal". Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  17. ^ "Garden Bridge Working Group | London City Hall". Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  18. ^ Patrons.
  19. ^ "NDT Board Members". New Diorama Theatre.
  20. ^ "Trustees". British Humanist Association.
  21. ^ "Tom Copley – Register of interests | London City Hall". Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  22. ^ "Tom Copley – YouTube". Tom Copley. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  23. ^ "Mayor answers to London". The London Assembly. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  24. ^ "Labour politicians: 'We need to know there are no shady practices'". West End Extra. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  25. ^ "London's Small Theatres". Greater London Authority. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  26. ^ "Around half of small theatres in London 'insecure' about their future, new Assembly report reveals | Tom Copley AM". Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  27. ^ "London Assembly vote pits them against Number 10 plans for more religious selection in state schools". Humanists UK. 2 November 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  28. ^ "Tom Copley: London cannot eradicate rough sleeping on its own | OnLondon". Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  29. ^ "EU citizens sleeping rough on Britain's streets are at risk of becoming the forgotten victims of a no-deal Brexit | Independent". Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  30. ^ "News from Tom Copley: Homeless deaths need urgent Government intervention | London City Hall". Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  31. ^ "From Right to Buy to Buy to Let | Tom Copley AM" (PDF). London Assembly Labour. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  32. ^ "Right to Buy: Wrong for London | Tom Copley AM" (PDF). London Assembly Labour. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  33. ^ "News from Tom Copley: Councils fork out millions renting back Right to Buy properties | London City Hall". Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  34. ^ "Slums of the Future: Permitted Development conversions in London | Tom Copley AM" (PDF). London Assembly Labour. Retrieved 2 October 2019.