19 December 2011

Taking Richmond in the right direction

By John Ffooks, Richmond resident

Richmond is one of those outer London Boroughs so neglected by the previous incumbent in City Hall. Living in Zone 4 and seeing how we were treated just made we wonder if that was our lot in life - high Council Tax and poor services. Now that we have Boris in charge Zone 4 is valued as highly as Zone 1.

For example, I use the bus a lot to get around the borough and it's clear to see how Boris has made people's lives easier and better: from easy on-off kerbside bus access for the less mobile, to countdown displays for every stop so you always know how long you'll have to wait. Sadly, Boris hasn't been able to change London's weather, but fingers crossed for the second term.

Added to that, I can now top up my pay-as-you-go Oyster on overground rail for my occasional ventures into the centre of town – only possible because Boris leant so heavily on the train operating companies to look after passenger interests not just their own. And when I do go into town and am rushing for an appointment, I know I can afford to take a cab because the traffic lights have been re-sequenced and I won’t pay just to sit in traffic.

It goes on: my Council Tax is down in real terms, and he’s not littering the streets with The Londoner, Ken Livingstone's propaganda sheet which we all paid for but no one ever read. There are more bobbies on the beat too, which as a father of young children is a real comfort. And there will be more activities for my children as they grow up thanks to Boris’ Olympic legacy – even out in Richmond!

But the best thing about Boris is that he does more with less. If that isn’t worth turning out to support, nothing is.

Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, quality of life, transport | Tags: Bus, Crime, Oyster, Richmond, Transport, Value for money

16 December 2011

K&C benefits from Boris's hard work

When you’re working hard, watching your budget, and feel that sometimes keeping all the plates spinning is an impossible task, you have little patience for politicians who make gimmicky announcements  - you want a Mayor who just get things done. Most importantly, you want a Mayor who focuses on the practical things which make your life better and your community safer.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, Fighting London's corner, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Circle line, Council tax freeze, Kensington and chelsea, Police on the streets, Wez

15 December 2011

Boris in Brent

What I like most about Boris is he delivers on his promises. I was delighted when he got rid of the bendy buses, especially on the 18 route, as they regularly created congestion. I can’t wait to see the new double decker that is being deployed shortly.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Barclays cycle hire, Bendy bus, Brent, Brent river park, Lane rental, New bus for london

14 December 2011

Improvements in Barnet

I shall be backing Boris Johnson again in the 2012 Mayoral Election because, as a pensioner and a resident of the London Borough of Barnet since 1964, I have noticed the improvements in this area since he became Mayor of London.

By freezing council tax again, again and again he’s really helping those on a tight budget cope with rising bills and the ever increasing prices in the shops. Scrapping the wasteful Londoner newspaper to help keep tax down really is the kind of thing we want our Mayor to do.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, Fighting London's corner, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Barnet, Council tax freeze, Norther line, Police on the streets, Tube upgrade

13 December 2011

Heading in the right direction

I’ve lived in Stroud Green in Haringey for ten years now and I love it here.  Though one of the few downsides is the local council. For years has clobbered us with a hefty council tax bill, without much thought for value for money. And before Boris became mayor, the mayor’s share of council tax was going up and up.

So it has been a welcome relief that Boris has been able to put a stop to that - freezing his share for three years in a row.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, Fighting London's corner, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Bendy bus, Council tax freeze, Haringey, New bus for london, Stroud green, Tottenham, Value for money

12 December 2011

Bromley much better with Boris

In the almost four years since Boris Johnson was elected Mayor of London, the residents of Bromley have seen a huge number of benefits.
   
Bromley has no Tube stations, yet many borough residents commute into central London so the extension of Oyster pay as you go, after many years of rhetoric but no action by Livingstone, has been of great benefit to Bromley folk. It has made travel on the train not only cheaper but much more convenient.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Beckenham, Birkbeck, Bromley, Council tax freeze, Elmers end, Freedon pass, Oyster, Tramlink

12 December 2011

Why Polish Londoners should support Boris

As an economist, as well as a Polish Londoner, I believe that Boris is the only candidate who will take this city forward.
 
Poles who live in London - especially those who came here after 2004 - typically either own or are employed by small businesses. Needless to say, it is these types of businesses which are suffering the most from the protracted recession. It is precisely for that reason that it is so important that our Mayor prioritizes help for small businesses.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved, jobs and skills, London, quality of life | Tags: Electoral roll, Get involved, High streets, London, Poles, Polish, Small business

09 December 2011

WATCH: Bendy buses off London's roads

At just after midnight tonight, the bendy bus on route 207 from White City to Hayes by-pass will make it's final journey.

Introduced in June 2002 by Ken Livingstone, bendy buses were unsuitable for London's roads. Too often they were involved in dangerous accidents and it was too easy to avoid paying.

Click 'read more' to watch the video and find out more what Boris has delivered for London.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, environment, Fighting London's corner, Get Involved, jobs and skills, London, Olympics, quality of life, sport, transport, youth | Tags: Achievements, Bendy bus, Council tax freeze, Wez

09 December 2011

Progress in Hillingdon

It’s easy to forget that Hillingdon is just one of London’s 32 boroughs, especially when you live out in Zone 6 and the centre seems so distant. However, Boris has helped the outer London boroughs in a way that his predecessor never did, bringing us closer to the centre so we can share in the jobs and opportunities it has to offer.

London is one of the most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities in the world and increasingly we can enjoy the benefits of the centre (theatre, clubs, universities, shopping) whilst also enjoying the advantages of being close to the countryside (Hillingdon has more green spaces than any other London Borough!)

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, environment, jobs and skills, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Crossrail, Hayes, Heathrow, Hillingdon, Outer london, West drayton, Zone 6

09 December 2011

Call from home for BB2012

John Moss, candidate for the City & East London Assembly seat, blogs about how telephone canvassing helped win for Boris in 2008.

What could be easier than sitting at home with a cup of tea and making a few phone calls? Well, that's exactly what a few hundred people did in 2008 and in doing so, helped Boris to beat Ken Livingstone.

I joined the campaign team full time in March 2008 and was asked if I could make anything of “a few people who’ve offered to make calls from home”. By polling day, over 600 people had signed up.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved, London | Tags: Backboris, Call from home, Events, Get involved, Telephone canvassing

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