Dan Peters 20 March 2014

London Councils asked to help banish blacklisting

The leader of Islington LBC has called for London Councils to back its tough action on blacklisting.

Cllr Richard Watts has pledged that his council will ‘no longer do business’ with companies identified as being involved in blacklisting now nor with any firms that have engaged in the practice in the past that cannot prove they have stopped and made amends.

He has outlined the measures in a letter to London Councils chief executive John O’Brien and asked for the organisation’s help in stamping out the practice.

Cllr Watts wrote: ‘These measures are not a means of punishing companies for past wrongdoing, but rather a means of putting right past wrongdoing while ensuring that this odious practice does not reoccur again in the future.

‘We know that many other elected members are equally concerned about this issue in the capital and would therefore be grateful if you could circulate among other London authorities the robust measures we are taking to make a stand against blacklisting.’

London Councils declined to comment.

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