05 March 2012

9 point plan poster launch

Boris Johnson this weekend set out his nine point plan to secure a Greater London, in a speech on Saturday and then at the launch of the poster campaign on Sunday.

1,000 posters will go up across London - from Croydon to Enfield and Hillingdon to Havering. They detail Boris’s determination to end the waste and mismanagement of the previous Mayor to free up money to pay for a strong plan for London’s future.

Launching his plan, Boris Johnson said: "I am determined to put the scarce resources of London’s taxpayers where it makes the most difference, to our critical objective of boosting jobs and growth.

"It is by making London ever safer and better to live in that we will bring investment to our city.

"And so I make these nine pledges:

  1. Cutting waste at City Hall – freeing up £3.5 billion for services
  2. Putting £445 back in your pocket by freezing the Mayoral share of council tax
  3. Creating 200,000 new jobs over the next four years
  4. Making our streets and homes safer with 1,000 more police on the beat
  5. Restoring 300 acres of green space and planting 20,000 street trees
  6. Investing £221 million to transform local high streets, supporting small businesses
  7. Ensuring a true Olympic legacy – 11,000 new homes and 10,000 new jobs
  8. Reducing Tube delays 30% by 2015. Building Crossrail and orbital rail to link our suburbs. Extending the Bike Hire scheme
  9. Securing a better deal for London from No 10

He continued: "That is the choice for Londoners. To go forward with a programme of investment and modernisation or go back to the irresponsible and unaffordable approach of 1970s Labour."

The launch of the nine different posters – each detailing a separate point in the plan - comes the day after Boris told activists at Conservative Spring Forum that he feels "like a man who has built half a bridge – and can see what needs to be done" as he set out his nine point Greater London Plan.

He said: "I hope I am not normally seen as a pessimistic sort of character but on May 3th I am afraid I see real risks for this city and this country.

"The problem before was that the whole budget was out of control. But my determination to end the waste and mismanagement of the previous Mayor has freed up the money to pay for a strong plan for our future. We are putting that money where Londoners want to see it spent in spite of the very difficult financial circumstances."

"I feel like a man who has built half a bridge. I can see the other side. I can see what needs to be done."

This election is a choice between Ken Livingstone who is tired and had his day and would take London backwards, and Boris Johnson whose energy and fresh thinking will continue to secure a Greater London, by continuing to cut wasteful spending and investing instead in the projects that really matter to Londoners.


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