James Murray is the Executive Member for Housing and Development at Islington Council, – a role he has held since 2010, having first been elected in 2006.
In 2011, James made Islington the first local authority to reject the government’s plan to raise 'affordable' rents, and launched a major building programme of homes for social rent instead. James has also lead moves to impose penalties on ‘buy-to-leave’ investors and to stop private landlords renting out sub-standard 'shoebox flats’. He has been a strong advocate for the direct delivery of council services, having brought in-house almost a thousand staff including those of a private repairs contractor.
James is a member of the Unite trade union. Before joining the Council’s Executive, James worked for Islington South & Finsbury MP Emily Thornberry, where amongst his projects he assisted in drafting a private members bill to give tenants greater control over housing associations.