30 April 2012

72hrs to secure London's future

In less than 72 hours polling stations in London open and voters face a clear choice between a better future or a return the past.

We have just 3 days to tell voters about this choice, so please sign up now and help our Get Out the Vote push: www.backboris2012.com/GOTV

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved, London | Tags: 9 point plan, Future, Gotv

28 April 2012

Less than 1 week...

With less than one week to go until Polling Day, Boris urgently needs your help to secure Greater London's future. On 3 May voters will face the choice of a better future - or a return the past.

Boris's 9 point plan to secure Greater London's future cuts waste at City Hall, reduces council tax, creates 200,000 new jobs, protects green space, invests in transport, cuts tube delays and ensures a true Olympic legacy.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved, London | Tags: 3 may, 9 point plan, Facebook, Flickr, Get involved, Timeline, Twitter

27 April 2012

Boris Q&A reaches 1million

With less than a week to go until polling day voters face the choice of a better future - or a return the past.

Over the next six days all the mayoral candidates will be pounding the pavements to get their messages out to Londoners. Boris has a packed schedule of borough visits and will be on the go constantly, taking his nine point plan to secure Greater London's future to even more people.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London | Tags: #askboris, Digital, Gotv, Twitter

26 April 2012

Back Boris: For Greater London. For the Future.

With just one week to go to polling, I urgently need your help to secure Greater London's future.

Next week voters will face the choice of a better future - or a return the past.

And I need your help to spread the word about this choice: www.backboris2012.com/GOTV

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved, London | Tags: 9 point plan, Choice, Future, Gotv, Greater london

24 April 2012

Tell a friend about the 9 point plan

This election is crucial - and close!

With just 9 days to go until polling day, we need your help now more than ever to spread the word about Boris’s 9 point plan for a Greater London.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved, London | Tags: 3 may, 9 point plan, Tell a friend

23 April 2012

How to help GOTV

With just 10 days to go, hundreds of thousands of Londoners have been receiving their postal vote forms and are already casting their votes for Mayor and London Assembly members.

In 2008 postal votes helped Boris secure City Hall and the next few days are key to ensuring that we once again turn out our postal voters.

There are 3 key ways you can help our Get Out The Postal Vote effort.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved, London | Tags: 9 point plan, Call centre, Call from home, Postal vote

21 April 2012

2 weeks & counting

May 3rd is just around the corner and things are moving fast. Boris had another jam- packed week of activities whist he continues his tour of all 32 London boroughs. Help spread the word about Boris Johnson's 9 point plan for a Greater London - sign up as a volunteer today: www.backboris2012.com/volunteer

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved, London | Tags: 9 point plan, Council tax, Ken vs ken, Manifesto, Mumsnet

20 April 2012

Channel 4 Factcheck has it wrong on affordable home starts

This analysis in the Channel 4 Factcheck analysis of affordable home starts is incorrect because it omits a crucial GLA source and mis-reads the CLG table.

The figure of 2,240 affordable starts between April and September 2011, which is the same time period that Ken Livingstone's team reference, is clearly referenced in a Mayoral answer of 14th December 2011, which explains why the HCA figure is misleading and what the real figure is:

'The HCA published figures suggesting there were only 56 affordable starts in the first six months of this year. This data is misleading. The London Development Database reports that there were 2,240 affordable starts over the same six month period. The HCA are unable to record these homes on their system until they have signed new contracts with developers which they are in the process of doing.' (Source).

Neither this source or explanation was given in the Fact Check article - a crucial caveat with significant bearing on the result.

The 2,240 figure is not only based on GLA figures, it is also based on the same figures in the CLG table referenced in the article. However, Fact Check have mis-read the table.

You need to add together the numbers for 'housing association' and 'local authority' in Q2 and Q3 to obtain a figure that is comparable to the misleading HCA stats. We have taken starts under housing associations and local authorities to mean 'affordable' and this is entirely consistent with official CLG guidance, which clearly states that housing delivered by a housing association (previously referred to as a Registered Social Landlord, or RSL) or a local authority can be considered as 'affordable'; 'Normally, only households on local authority and RSL registers are eligible for social rented housing' (Delivering Affordable Housing, CLG, November 2006, p.10, link).

As this table from CLG shows, Q2 is measured as April to June and Q3 is measured as July to September, so we are comparing the same time period as Ken Livingstone.

According to both these tables, there were 1,110 starts by Housing Associations and 260 by local authorities in London in Q2. There were 860 starts by housing associations and 40 by local authorities in London in Q3. Taken together, this gives a total of 2,270 (the discrepancy is because the CLG live tables are constantly revised, whereas the Mayoral answer was drafted in December 2011.)

So it is completely incorrect to assert that there were only 56 affordable housing starts in London between April and September 2011. Both the GLA and CLG show this to be incorrect and that there were actually 2,240/2,270 affordable housing starts in London during this time period. The article should immediately be amended to reflect this evidence.

Categories: Campaign Updates | Tags: Boris johnson, Channel 4, Housing

19 April 2012

Holocaust Remembrance Day

In recognition of the importance of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Boris Johnson today released this statement:

"Every generation has a duty to remember the lessons of one of the darkest periods of our history. I commend the people and organisations involved in raising awareness of the Holocaust because we must never forget the atrocities that took place not so long ago.

"That is why we must continue the tradition of marking Holocaust Remembrance Day here in London.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London | Tags: Holocaust remembrance day, London

18 April 2012

Join Boris in the call centre

From tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Londoners will be receiving their postal vote forms and begin casting their votes for Mayor and London Assembly members.

In 2008 postal votes helped Boris secure City Hall and the next few days are key to ensuring that we once again turn out our postal voters.

Our call centres will be open across London every afternoon and evening from now through 3 May as we phone Londoners, speaking to them about Boris's 9 point plan to secure Greater London's future and reminding them to return their postal votes.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved, London | Tags: Call centre, Get involved, Postal vote

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