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James Spencer Cleverly (born 4 September 1969) is the Mayor of London's Ambassador for Youth and a member of the London Assembly. He was elected for the Bexley and Bromley constituency in May 2008 as a candidate of the Conservative Party. He won by a majority of 75,237, by far the largest margin in any of the fourteen constituencies.


James Cleverly was born in Lewisham Hospitalmarker, his father is British and his mother from Sierra Leonemarker. He attended Riverston School and Colfe's Schoolmarker, both in Lee, South East London and after a short time in the Army gained a degree at Thames Valley University.

Before being elected he worked in the magazine and web publishing industry, he is the author of a long standing and well known blog. He is a Major in the Territorial Army.


He had previously stood unsuccessfully in a number of elections the London Borough of Lewishammarker, these included the borough council elections 2002, a borough council by-election in 2003, for the Lewisham East seat for the UK Parliamentmarker in the 2005 general election and as the Conservative candidate for directly elected Mayor of Lewisham in 2006.

In March 2007 he was selected as the candidate for the Bexley and Bromley constituency of the London Assembly in a very tightly fought selection contest. The London Assembly election was held on the 1st of May with the count and declaration on the 2nd, he received 105,162 votes (52.6% of the vote) and majority of 75,237.


In January 2009 James was appointed as the Mayor of London's Youth Ambassador a newly created role which was seen as being a replacement post for the Deputy Mayor for Young People, a post left vacant after the resignation of Ray Lewis. The creation of the role caused some controversy as it was not filled by a mayoral appointment but by a member of the assembly whose formal role is to scrutinise the Mayor, the decision was defended because of the precedent set by the appointment of Kit Malthouse as Deputy Mayor for Policing.

James is also the Chair of the London Assembly's Health and Public Services Committee and also sits on the Transport, Budget & Performance and Environment Committees. He is also a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority and a board member of the London Development Agency.

Non Political

James is a co-founder and director of a publishing company called Point & Fire Media Ltd, the other director being business journalist and author Dan Matthews. Point & Fire Media publishes a website called LaunchLab which is aimed at small business owners and entrepreneurs.

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