20 January 2012
Response to Ken Livingstone’s claims on suburban rail services.
A spokesman for Boris Johnson's re-election campaign said: "It is the same old Ken Livingstone who spent eight years making promises but not delivering. He talked about taking over rail powers for eight years, but never acted.
"In contrast, Mayor Boris Johnson is actually delivering on his promises and is already in negotiations with Government about bringing suburban rail services under his control.
11 April 2011
Low and middle income workers were given a boost today after Boris Johnson expanded his First Steps scheme to help Londoners get on to the capital's property ladder. Figures show Mayor Boris is on target to deliver his election pledge of 50,000 new affordable homes by 2012. Despite the difficult economic climate, 38,840 new homes have been built since May 2008, over three quarters of the overall target.
24 March 2011
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has safeguarded the skills and employment legacy of the Olympic Games after negotiating £14million from central Government to provide Londoners with funding for jobs and training before, during and after the 2012 Games. The money will go into three different projects over the next three years - the ‘Host Boroughs’, ‘Construction Employer Accord’ and the ‘2012 Employment Legacy’ - helping unemployed Londoners get into work and start earning again.
23 March 2011
Thousands of new jobs are set to be created after Boris Johnson secured a major deal to create the country's biggest enterprise zone. Following successful negotiations by the Mayor of London with the coalition Government, land near the Royal Docks and next to City Airport, will be given Enterprise Zone status. This is just the latest deal Boris has secured for London from central government.
11 March 2011
Road delays are down and average speeds are up on London’s roads after Boris Johnson launched a series of co-ordinated measures to tackle congestion. Official figures show severe delay and disruption are down by 5% in the last year while traffic speeds during morning peak are up by 3.1% since 2007. Mayor Boris Johnson, said: “I know how important reducing the burden of congestion is to Londoners, particularly for thousands of families living in the suburbs, and with the 2012 Games on the horizon we have an extra incentive to ensure congestion is eased on our roads. There is a lot more to come and we are committed to making sure our roads flow as smoothly as possible when the world comes to London next year.”
Work put in motion under the Mayor include:
:: 1,200 days of potential disruption prevented after the Mayor introduced a permit scheme for utility companies carrying out works that has enabled TfL to refuse nearly 9,000 permits since last April.
:: This has meant overall level of roadworks on ‘red routes’ is down 8% annually and the amount of disruption they cause down 20%.
06 March 2011
The Home Secretary has praised Mayor of London Boris Johnson and the Met Police for producing the 'blueprint' for policing and cutting crime.
Speaking at the Spring Forum in Cardiff, Theresa May said: The way in which they have focused on London’s local needs, managed to get more resources onto the frontline, and worked together to cut crime is a blueprint for how police and crime commissioners can work together with chief constables in future.
The speech comes as latest figures show crime is down 8.2% overall across the capital since May 2008 when Boris became Mayor, youth crime is down 15% and robberies 21%. By May 2012 there will also be one million more visible police patrols per year than when Boris came into office.
24 February 2011
The new global headquarters of pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca in Paddington was opened today by Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
In a sign of the company’s continued commitment to London, AstraZeneca has moved its current global headquarters from Mayfair to brand new, larger offices in the landmark Two Kingdom Street development, Paddington Central.
24 February 2011
Boris Johnson has always said that there would be more police on the streets by May 2012 than there were in May 2008. The leader in the Evening Standard today backs him to deliver on his election promise of more police on the streets.
17 February 2011
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has successfully secured over half of the Government’s £1.6 billion Decent Homes budget, meaning thousands of the capital's council homes will be transformed.
The £821 million will be distributed over the next four year across. 14 London boroughs will receive funds including £62.7 million for Havering, £62.5 million for Sutton, £18.7 million for Redbridge, and £11.6 million for Kingston-upon-Thames.
10 February 2011
A message from the Mayor of London:
In 2008, I pledged to beef up police presence on our streets by employing more officers and now I’m delivering.
London is one of the safest big cities in the world – the murder rate is at a 38 year low and crime is coming down overall, in spite of a deep recession.
But for millions of us it is absolutely vital we see more police on our streets. Visible neighbourhood policing gives us the confidence to get on with our lives.
That is why in my budget today I am proposing to invest an extra £42million in the Metropolitan Police. As police forces across the country are looking to reduce numbers, we will buck the trend and increase them. From Monday we will start recruiting again, increasing the number of full-time warranted police officers in London to 32,510. This will mean London will have more police at the end of my term of office than I inherited.