Press Release


Monday 23 April 2012

LIVINGSTONE DESPERATE OVER HIS TRUST DEFICIT

With just 10 days to go Ken Livingstone is getting desperate as this election comes down to who Londoners can trust to deliver on their promises.

A spokesman for Boris Johnson said: ‘With public finances the tightest they have been for a generation and voters’ loss of faith in politicians, now more than ever it is crucial that candidates are judged on whether they can be trusted to keep their promises.

‘Boris Johnson has shown he can be trusted - keeping over 90% of the promises he made in 2008. By contrast, Ken Livingstone has shown time and again he cannot be trusted to keep his word or deliver on his promises – most notably on his promise, made on national television, to publish all his earnings.

‘If Mr Livingstone cannot honour his promises made on national television about tax he cannot honour his promises on fares or anything else.’

Boris Johnson has shown he can be trusted - keeping over 90% of the promises he made last time.

Boris has proved he can create 200,000 jobs by investing in infrastructure, securing funds not only for Crossrail and the Tube upgrades, but also £3billion for housing.

Boris has proved he can invest £221million in local high streets, securing funds from Government, including £35million for small businesses and £70million for regeneration.

Boris has proved he can cut crime, putting 1,000 more police on the beat and now 2,000 more in Safer Neighbourhood Teams, driving down crime by more than 10% already, with the murder rate falling to its lowest level since the 1960s.

Boris has proved he can do all this while cutting council tax by more than 10%, having already cut it across his first term by making huge savings across the GLA, freeing up £3.5billion for services.

By contrast, Ken Livingstone has shown time and again he cannot be trusted to keep his word or deliver on his promises.

On transport, he knows his sums don’t add up. He knows he will have to cut Tube improvements and cut services - putting thousands of jobs at risk.

He also knows that if he did carry out his plan to take £1.14billion out of London’s transport budget that he would have to hike up fares by 38% in 2015 to prevent TfL running out of money.

And poll after poll shows Londoners don’t believe he will carry out his plan because he has already admitted twice breaking similar promises as mayor.

He is promising to keep council tax low, but Londoners remember him putting it up 152% when he was mayor, costing the average household £964.

He is promising to freeze the congestion charge, despite breaking that promise when he was mayor.

But most seriously, he has refused to publish all his earnings, including those he has funnelled through Silveta Ltd, despite promising to do so live on national television over two weeks ago. The issue of how much tax he pays matters, because despite publicly attacking people who avoid tax he channels his earnings through a separate company - doing the exact same thing as those he criticises.

If he cannot honour his promises made on national television about tax he cannot honour his promises on fares or anything else.

There have already been 11 debates and hustings between the candidates, and three more still to come, for Ken Livingstone to show he can be trusted – he has failed to do this. Calls for another debate are simply desperate.

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