23 January 2012

Calling from home is easy (and fun)!

I think Boris is doing a great job as Mayor of London and I really wanted to help out in the campaign to get him re-elected.

Unfortunately, it's difficult for me to get into London to lend a hand with on-the-street campaigning, so I decided to do my bit by signing up to ‘call from home’. As soon as I got my password, I was able to start making calls and was pleasantly surprised how easy it was!

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London | Tags: Call from home, Campaign update, Get involved

23 January 2012

Weekend campaigning in Beckenham

This weekend saw over 40 street stalls and action days right across the capital. Boris Backers were out on the streets telling Londoners about Mayor Johnson's commitment to keeping their council tax frozen for an unprecedented fourth year in a row.

At our street stall in Beckenham we had a great turnout of activists, councillors and our local MP and the people we encountered were really responsive.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved | Tags: Action days, Beckenham, Council tax, Get involved, Street stall

19 January 2012

Boris: Join uniformed groups to gain skills

Mayor Johnson today unveiled a new programme to boost job prospects for thousands of young Londoners and steer them away from crime.

In plans outlined during a visit to the Merton Sea Cadets Centre, thousands of young Londoners will have the chance to join uniformed groups like the Guides, Scouts and Cadets, helping them develop vital skills and instil discipline and responsibility. The programme, run by the Safer London Foundation, is aimed at young people particularly at risk of being excluded from education, training or employment.

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Categories: crime, Get Involved, jobs and skills, London, quality of life, youth | Tags: Cadets, Guides, Merton sea cadets, Scots, Team london

19 January 2012

Boris announces Greenwich Peninsula regeneration

Mayor Johnson this week announced a deal to kick-start a major regeneration on the Greenwich Peninsula, creating over 4,000 jobs in the construction of 1,350 new homes by the end of 2015.

Around 10,000 new homes, 600 student beds and 3.5 million square feet of commercial floor space are ultimately planned for the site, transforming an unused old gas works into a prominent new residential, business and leisure community.

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Categories: jobs and skills, London, housing | Tags: Greenwich peninsula, Land release, Regeneration

17 January 2012

BackBoris/CF New Year phone canvassing

Last night we made hundreds of calls to voters across London as 30 activists gathered to get out the message about Boris's achievement's as Mayor - including cutting crime, investing in transport, freezing council tax, delivering the Olympics on time and under budget and creating opportunities for young people.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved, London | Tags: Campaign updates, Get involved, Phone canvassing

17 January 2012

BackBoris on Campus in 2012

As the BackBoris campaign moves into the last few months and Election Day rapidly approaches, the BackBoris on campus is picking up even more momentum. Off the back of a spectacularly successful Fresher’s Fair campaign, where we signed up well over two thousand activists, and three months of solid campaigning, the pace is ratcheting up.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved, London, youth | Tags: Backboris on campus, Campus, Events, Get involved, Students, Telephone canvassing

12 January 2012

Help Boris deliver 4th council tax freeze

Londoners voted for Boris as their Mayor on the promise of providing value for money and keeping your taxes low.

And he has delivered. Boris has frozen his share of your council tax for 3 years in a row. This has helped many Londoners who suffered 8 years of rises under Ken Livingstone, costing the average household almost £1,000.

Mayor Johnson has now published his draft budget so you can see exactly where your money is going to be spent.

Again he wants to freeze your council tax - for the fourth year in a row.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Fighting London's corner, Get Involved, London | Tags: Council tax freeze, London assembley, Value for money

10 January 2012

HS2 boost for London

Today, the construction of a high speed rail line between London and Birmingham got the go-ahead, creating new opportunities and bringing fresh investment to areas of west London.

The HS2 project was approved after negotiations between Mayor Boris Johnson and the Government resulted in the decision to build a 2.75-mile tunnel to reduce disruptions for local residents. The tunnel will run from Hammersmith & Fulham to Hillingdon, minimizing disruptions for residents between Old Oak Common and Ruislip.

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Categories: economy, Fighting London's corner, jobs and skills, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Crossrail, Economy, Hs2, Jobs, Transport, Tube upgrades

06 January 2012

Barnet welcomes 'Boris Bus'

I was delighted to welcome the new Routemaster, or 'Boris Bus' as they will inevitably be known, to Golders Green. The new bus will replace Ken Livingstone's hated giant bendy buses - now completely banished from the capital, as promised by Boris. Golders Green was one of the last places to lose the original Routemaster and I know will enthusiastically welcome it back in its new modern form.

Scrapping bendy-buses has saved some £7m as they were notorious for fare dodging. In contrast the new Boris Bus will be suited to Barnet's roads, environmentally friendly and when a conductor is on board passengers will be again able to hop on and off using the rear open platform.

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Categories: London, transport | Tags: Barnet, Golders green, Mike freer, New bus for london, Routemaster

04 January 2012

More jobs for Londoners

New figures today reveal there has been a rise in the number of Londoners employed in the last four years in a massive boost to London's economy.

According to research by the Financial Times, employment in the capital has grown by 2.9% since the first quarter of 2008. At the same time, economic output has also grown.

The growth parallels Boris’s record since May 2008 as Mayor – fighting for investment and creating jobs in the capital.

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Categories: Fighting London's corner, jobs and skills, London, transport, economy | Tags: Crossrail, Economy, Housing, Jobs, Tube upgrade

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