30 June 2011

Campaign Launches T-Shirt Design Contest

There are some pretty creative Boris Backers out there if the suggestions we've received for the e-shop are any indication!

BackBoris merchandise is a fantastic way to show your support for Boris and is also a great way to help the campaign raise money. So why not put your creativity to the test and design a t-shirt for the campaign to sell online? The winning designer will have their creation featured on an official BackBoris2012 t-shirt and will receive a signed photo of Boris wearing their shirt.

Learn more and submit your design:

Simply send us your design by Friday 15 July to be in with a chance. (Bonus points if you incorporate one of Boris's major achievements in your design - such as upgrading London transport or driving down crime, to name just a few!)  The BackBoris community will then vote on the winning design, from a shortlist compiled by the campaign team.

For more information and to submit your design visit the contest page:

Good luck!

The BackBoris2012 Campaign Team

Categories: Campaign Updates | Tags: Boris, Boris johnson, Contest, Tshirt

29 June 2011

Boris Supporters Gather for Campaign Pub Quiz

Last night saw the first BackBoris2012 campaign pub quiz take place in Central London.

At the well-attended event, teams competed on subjects ranging from culture, history and geography to London trivia for campaign goodies and pride.

The quiz was decided after a tie-break question which saw the "City & East" team win by correctly stating the only tube station in London which had a ‘Z’ in its name.

Next month, supporters from across London will be hosting their own BackBoris pub quizzes - and Boris himself will pop round to several of the quizzes.  Find out more and sign up to host your own quiz:


With many more campaigning and fund raising events to come, the success of the pub quiz is just the start of the long road to May 3rd 2012, but with the support demonstrated last night, there is every reason to be optimistic.

Categories: Campaign Updates | Tags: Boris johnson, Pub quiz

25 June 2011

Bye bye bendy, bye bye

Something has just disappeared from Stratford Broadway and in its place has come sense.

Yes, bendy buses have ceased to run the Number 25 route. I took my final bendy bus trip on the number 25 route on Friday night and it was a great feeling knowing these unsuitable beasts are being removed from the capital's streets!

As Mayor Boris Johnson said, "These writhing whales of the road have swung their hefty rear ends round our corners for the final time."

The 25 is the latest route to scrap the ghastly bendy with the rest set to be phased out in the coming months.

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Categories: London, transport | Tags: Bendy bus, New bus for london, Route 25, Routemaster

24 June 2011

Umbrellas, waterbottles and Boris bobbleheads


Wondering what these items have to do with the BackBoris2012 campaign?

Well, we're launching a brand new e-shop and these are all things supporters have suggested we include.

And we want to hear more - do you want BackBoris umbrellas? How about t-shirts, Oyster card holders, pens, mugs or cufflinks?

BackBoris merchandise is a fantastic way to show your support for Boris and is also a great way to help the campaign raise money.

So share your ideas for BackBoris merchandise in the comments section - you might just find your suggestion included in our line up when the e-shop goes live later this summer.

From the weird to the wonderful, we want to hear them all, so be creative!

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved | Tags: E-shop, Fundraising

22 June 2011

A different politician

From Lynton Crosby, BackBoris2012 Campaign Director:

When I signed on as Campaign Director for Boris's campaign back in 2008, it was immediately clear to me that he stood out as a real character. He was distinctive, unifying and brimming with ideas.  And after 8 long years of Ken Livingstone's misrule, Londoners were eager for a new approach in City Hall.

Just 3 years later, Boris has delivered on his promises to voters: Freezing his share of council tax compared to Ken's 153% rise; putting more police on the beat and reducing crime by nearly 9% across London; securing unprecedented Crossrail and Tube upgrades; and delivering Olympics venues on time and under budget.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London | Tags: Boris johnson, London, Mayor

17 June 2011

And now the facts: more police - and less crime

Fascinating piece by Deputy Mayor for Policing Kit Malthouse in the Evening Standard today and well worth a read.

The safety of London's streets has become a hot topic recently and it is worth a quick recap of how things were in May 2008, when Boris was voted in as Mayor. Crime was one of London's most pressing issues - robberies were increasing; violent crime as up; gun crime was up; 27 teenagers were murdered in 2007 alone.

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

17 June 2011

Boris tackles sports participation

Boris Johnson today launched a Rugby Football Union initiative to get more adults involved in the game.

As part of his drive to get Londoners from every corner of the capital more active and boost sporting participation in the run up to and after the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Mayor is investing £115,000 from the Mayor's 2012 Sports Legacy Fund to provide free Touch Rugby sessions in the workplace

The Mayor used the 'O2 Touch' event at Tower Bridge to share his determination to increase participation in the sport by encouraging people to try touch rugby. Figures show that the number of adults playing the game at least once a week has dropped from 230,000 in 2009 to 177,900 at the most recent update.

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Categories: London, Olympics, sport | Tags: Olympics, Rugby, Sport, Touch london

17 June 2011

BackBoris telephone canvassing

Yesterday evening Boris Backers manned the phones at a canvassing session in central London to spread the word about Boris Johnson’s record as Mayor and to listen to the concerns of Londoners.

In two and a half hours, we made hundreds of calls. A large majority of respondents were very positive about Boris’s time in charge and keen to see it continue. We even had several requests from people keen to join the campaign as volunteers!

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London | Tags: Boris backers, Campaign, Telephone canvassing, Volunteer

17 June 2011

Birthday campaigning event

A very successful week for the Boris Youth Campaign will be rounded off in style this Sunday, as a series of campaigning events will take place simultaneously across London. We will be hitting five areas of London: Enfield in the north, Croydon in the south, Spitalfields Market in the east, Richmond in the west, and Trafalgar Square in celebration of the Mayor’s birthday.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved | Tags: Croydon, Enfield, Happy birthday boris, Richmond, Spitalfields, Trafalgar square, Youth campaign

16 June 2011

Young activists highlight Ken's union links

Last night twelve of us young Boris Backers took to the streets outside Labour Campaign HQ, where Ken Livingstone and Ed Miliband were meeting, to distribute leaflets outlining Ken Livingstone’s abysmal record and his links to the RMT and Trade Union movement.

In just an hour, hundreds leaflets were distributed, both to Labour activists and the general public, and many were surprised to hear about Ken Livingstone’s poor record on council tax – increasing it by 153%, and disturbed to hear about his close connections to Bob Crow, RMT boss and strike fanatic, who last week offered to fund the Labour candidate’s campaign.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London | Tags: Bob crow, Campaigning, Ed miliband, Ken livingstone, Rmt, Unions

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