28 July 2011

'Boris Bikes' turn 1

Today was the first anniversary of the immensely popular Barclays Cycle scheme. As the rickshaw is synonymous with Dhaka and the gondola with Venice, now London has the 'Boris Bike'.

The Mayor was at the Shepherd's Bush Westfield shopping centre today to celebrate the expansion westward of the cycle hire scheme. I was lucky enough to see Boris there and hear him speak about his plans for the cycle hire scheme's future:

"The idea is a tank strategy." This left some of us confused, but he swiftly went on to explain that his aim is to expand the bike scheme into the outer reaches of London and the Shepherd's Bush extension is just the start.

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Categories: environment, London, transport | Tags: Barclays cycle hire, Boris bikes

28 July 2011

One Year to Go!

Last night was the official one year to go to the start of the Olympics in Trafalgar Square. A few mates and I went down there to get out Boris's record on delivering London 2012 on time and on budget. The Games mean a lot to us so we wanted to show a little bit of our appreciation to Boris for helping to deliver what I think will be the best Olympic games yet.

Back in 2005, when London was first chosen to host the 2012 Olympics, like the majority of my friends I was thrilled that such a massive event was coming to us. Being fairly young at the time I even had dreams of competing at London 2012 (and still do!). The plans for the Olympic Park came out and all the computer simulations were utterly mindblowing - it was the sort of thing I could never have imagined being built in London.

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Categories: London, Olympics, sport | Tags: London 2012, Olympics, One year to go, Paralympics

26 July 2011

London needs you!

As the capital readies itself to be presented to the world next summer, Boris is encouraging as many Londoners as possible to get involved in the Olympics and Paralympics. From helping to run the Games to greeting visitors and showing them around our great city, over 150,000 people have already registered their interest to be a part of London 2012.

And if you've ever dreamed of performing in front of a global audience of millions, now's your chance to get involved! The Mayor announced today that he wants to recruits 10,000 adult volunteers to take part in the opening and closing ceremonies of next summer's Olympic Games.

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Categories: Get Involved, London, Olympics | Tags: London 2012, Olympics, Paralympics, Volunteer

25 July 2011

Organiser "bootcamp" a big success

This weekend, the BackBoris 2012 campaign held another in a series of weekly bootcamps to train campaign organisers.

Campaign staff and organisers from across London gathered on Saturday to discuss how to engage voters in the coming months. The organisers brought great ideas and enthusiasm to the session, and we're excited to have such an energised and active group involved in the campaign.

To find out more about how you can get involved and connect with fellow supporters in your area, please sign up to volunteer:


Categories: Campaign Updates | Tags: Backboris 2012, Bootcamp, Boris, Boris johnson, Campaign

22 July 2011

Record Specials on London's streets

A record number of Metropolitan Police Specials are out on London's streets, helping to make the capital safer.

New figures show that more than 5,000 Londoners are now volunteering as Specials, meaning the city is on target to reach the Mayor's goal of 6,667 by next summer's Olympic Games. Specials wear the same uniform and have the same powers as regular officers - the only difference is that they are unpaid volunteers who give 16 hours a month to help make a real difference to London.

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Categories: crime, London

20 July 2011

1,700+ volunteer for Mayor's mentor scheme

Over 1,700 volunteers have pledged to spend their spare time mentoring young black boys in need of strong positive role models through the Mayor’s £1.3 million Mentoring Programme.

This scheme, developed by the Mayor's Mentoring Ambassador and championed by football legend Ian Wright, is a key element of Team London, Boris’s ambitious vision to get more Londoners volunteering and to help tackle some of the city's social issues.

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Categories: London, youth | Tags: Mentor, Team london, Volunteer

19 July 2011

BackBoris2012 goes mobile

If you've had a look at BackBoris2012.com on your smartphone recently, you've probably noticed something different. That's because our mobile site is live!

Staying up to date with all the news and views from the campaign is now easier than ever. Whether you're strolling the pavements of Bexley, sitting on the top deck of a double-decker on the newly de-bendified route 25, or browsing the shops of west London, BackBoris2012.com is always at your fingertips.

Our mobile site packs all the punch of the full site, but the streamlined design means it loads more quickly and is even simpler to navigate. Visitors can easily sign up to our email list, see Boris's proud record of achievements, find out about upcoming events and join the campaign as a volunteer.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved, London | Tags: Mobile site, Smartphones, Technology

14 July 2011

Grass roots sport receives £12mil boost

Boris announced today that more than £12million will be invested in grass roots sports projects across London to help ensure a strong sporting legacy in every corner of the capital. During his visit to a City Hall funded BMX project in Walthamstow, the Mayor spoke of his desire to build a lasting Olympic legacy by getting people out of their living rooms and into sport.

The funding means the Mayor has now hit his target of channeling £30million into sport by the 2012 Games a year ahead of schedule.

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Categories: London, Olympics, sport | Tags: Bmx, Grassroots sports, Olympics, Sports legacy fund

13 July 2011

Over 1,000 more police on London's streets

A message from Lynton Crosby, BackBoris2012 Campaign Director:

The safety of London's streets is a key responsibility of London's Mayor. When Boris was elected Mayor crime was one of London's most pressing issues - robberies were increasing; violent crime was up; gun crime was up; and 27 teenagers were murdered in 2007 alone.

Yet the previous Mayor, Ken Livingstone, was ignoring the issue. In February 2008 he was exposed for conning Londoners after he wrongly claimed to be putting more police on our streets - a line he is still peddling three years on. In fact he wasn't. He was relying on the boroughs and the Government to put police on our streets and provided no extra funding himself.

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Categories: crime, London | Tags: Crime, Kit malthouse, Police

12 July 2011

Barking Campaign Day - 16 July!

This Saturday - 16th July - the BackBoris campaign, London Assembly Candidate for the City and East Region John Moss and Syed Kamall, MEP for London, are hosting a Campaign Day in Barking.

With nearly forty people already registered to attend, it looks set to be a great day! Combining leafleting, canvassing and a social to follow, there's something for everyone, so sign up now.

The meeting point is Barking Station and we hope to see as many of you there as possible, helping spread the word on Boris’s record of reducing crime, upgrading the public transport network and freezing council tax.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved, London | Tags: Barking, Campaigning, Canvassing, John moss, Leafleting, Syed kamall

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