Luke Bozier is Co-founder of menshn.com and consultant on entrepreneurship & digital communications. Earlier this year he left Labour to join the Conservatives.
London is unlike any other city in the UK. It's big for starters, global, and has a distinct culture and lifestyle unlike any other British city. It's a very diverse place, more liberal, and has longer work hours than most of the country. So it should be run like the special place that it is. Life in London should be as flexible as lifestyles in London are diverse.
London competes with New York and Paris, not Glasgow and Leeds (no offence, Glasgow or Leeds, you're both wonderful places). We want our capital to be a place where international businesspeople, foreign students and visitors feel at home, as well as being a great place to live in for Brits of all stripes.
A prime example of how I think London should have special status over the rest of the nation is with Sunday trading laws. Can you believe that until 1994, opening a supermarket on a Sunday was illegal anywhere on these isles? Me neither. Margaret Thatcher tried in the 1980s to smash this rather 20th century paradigm, but was held back by the Parliament of the day.