20 March 2012

Creating 200,000 new jobs

Mayor Boris Johnson today outlined his plan to create 200,000 new jobs over the next four years.

Speaking at the GBE Services manufacturing plant in Bexley, Boris elaborated on point 3 of his 9 point plan for a Greater London, highlighting that investment is at the heart of his strategy for job creation in Greater London.

By Boris Johnson

Londoners are going through one of the toughest periods in recent memory. This is made worse by the fact that London has always been an expensive city to live in.

Even during the good times, people were feeling the squeeze. This was made more acute by City Hall council tax rises under Ken Livingstone of 152% that cost the average London household an extra £964 and record increases in fares by him, despite promises there wouldn’t be.

This election comes at a critical time for London. The decisions we make now will determine whether the lives of Londoners improve and whether we will get through the tough times.

Above all, what Londoners need is jobs.

That’s the real answer to the rising cost of living and the uncertainty we all face. We need those in a job to feel secure in it. And we need those without a job to stand a much better chance of landing one.

This is why point 3 of my 9 point plan to secure Greater London’s future is to create 200,000 jobs over the next four years.

How will we deliver this? By investing. Investing in transport infrastructure, local high streets, house building and a true Olympic legacy.

In total my plan to create 200,000 jobs is made possible by around £25 billion worth of investment that I have secured for London.

But this investment – and the jobs it creates – would be put at risk if Ken

Livingstone wins on 3 May.

He has already admitted that his scheme would take £1bn of funding away from the transport budget and independent experts have confirmed that London’s transport finances would be put at risk.

And further investment for London would be at risk from a man who could not even work constructively with his own party when they were in government.

That is the choice at this election. Between my 9 point plan that is investing in jobs or a return to Ken Livingstone, who will take London back to his waste, high taxes, broken promises and Bob Crow and his union cronies back at City Hall.

Click below to download Boris Johnson's Jobs Plan

Boris Johnson's Jobs Plan for London

Categories: Campaign Updates, economy, jobs and skills, London | Tags: 9 point plan, Crossrail, Enterprise zone, Greenwich peninsula, Growth, Investment, Jobs, Point 3, Royal docks, Skills, Tube upgrade

16 March 2012

Green light for London lane rental

Boris Johnson has won another battle in his war on disruptive roadworks, as the Department for Transport today confirmed London will be the first city in the UK that can charge utility companies for the amount of time they dig up roads.

The Mayor successfully lobbied Government for the introduction of lane rental as part of his longer-term strategy for improving roadworks management to increase coordination amongst organisations and free the streets from unnecessary disruption.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, economy, London, transport | Tags: Business, Lane rental, Roadworks, Transport

16 March 2012

Back Boris Borough Battle Bus launches

The Back Boris Borough Battle Bus launches its unprecedented tour of London's 32 boroughs today!

Boris Backers will fill the bus over the next seven weeks leading up to election day on 3 May, taking the message of Boris's 9 point plan to every corner of the capital, in a first for any mayoral campaign.

The tour will give as many Londoners as possible the chance to question the Mayor about his progress over the past 4 years and hear his 9 point plan for securing Greater London's future.

One of Boris's promises in 2008 was to run the most open and honest administration in Britain. With official figures showing that he visited 31 of the 32 boroughs in London more times between 2008 and 2012 than his predecessor managed between 2004 and 2008, the Mayor is committed to hearing from Londoners and reporting back to them on his time in office.

Boris Johnson said: "This election comes at a critical time. Londoners are going through one of the toughest periods in recent memory. Despite this there are signs of progress which I will continue with my 9 point plan for Greater London.

"Our unprecedented Back Boris borough battle bus tour will continue my record of getting out to almost all London’s boroughs more times in four years than Mr Livingstone did in eight and I look forward to meeting with residents and businesses and discussing my plans to secure a Greater London."

Back Boris Borough Battle Bus

Back Boris Borough Battle Bus

Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved, London | Tags: 32 boroughs, 9 point plan, Battle bus, Progress report

14 March 2012

Reporting back to Londoners

In the coming weeks I will be setting out my manifesto commitments for taking this great city forward over the next four years.

And I want my promises to be judged by the determination and success with which I fulfilled the promises I made to Londoners in 2008.

The last four years have been a long road, but despite the toughest financial times in a generation, we have a strong record of delivering for London.

I am proud of what we have achieved, which is why I am publishing a Progress Report on my 2008 manifesto commitments.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, economy, environment, Fighting London's corner, housing, jobs and skills, London, Olympics, quality of life, sport, transport, youth | Tags: 2008, Manifesto, Progress report, Promises delivered

13 March 2012

Crossrail speeds ahead

Boris Johnson today revealed the first of eight Crossrail tunnel boring machines that will carve 21km of twin-tunnels under London.

The 150 metre, 1,000 tonne machines will start tunnelling from Royal Oak Portal in west London to Farringdon via Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road next week.

Crossrail is going forward after Boris’s successful lobbying of central government to protect the funding during tough economic times.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, economy, jobs and skills, London, transport | Tags: Bond street, Crossrail, Economy, Farringdon, Jobs, Royal oak, Tottenham court road, Tube upgrade

12 March 2012

Keeping Londoners moving

Last week Boris Johnson launched his 9 point plan to secure Greater London's future and he has already started to deliver.

In point 8, the Mayor pledges to reduce Tube delays by an additional 30% by 2015, build Crossrail and an orbital rail to link London's suburbs, as well as extend the Barclays Bike Hire scheme.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London, transport | Tags: Barclays cycle hire, Crossrail, Transport, Tube

12 March 2012

Reducing Tube delays by 30% by 2015

As part of Boris Johnson's 9 point plan for Greater London, he is cutting waste at City Hall, freeing up £3.5 billion for services - including reducing tube delays 30% by 2015, building Crossrail and orbital rail to link our suburbs, and extending the cycle hire scheme.

Building on the news that the Tube network is at its most reliable in a decade, with a 40% reduction in delays since 2008, the Mayor plans to cut delays by an additional 30% through continuing investment, staff training and innovation to increase efficiency.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London, transport | Tags: Investment, Tube, Upgrade

09 March 2012

Less than 8 weeks - get involved!

There are now less than 8 weeks to go until the London Mayoral election and we want you to get involved in one of our 29 campaign events this weekend.

From street stalls to canvassing sessions, there is something for everyone this weekend. The event we're most excited about is the launch of our double-decker campaign bus.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved, London | Tags: Campaign bus, Get involved

08 March 2012

Boris: Transport investment must not be put at risk

At the weekend, Boris Johnson set out his 9 point plan to secure Greater London's future.

Speaking today about his vision for transport in London, the Mayor elaborated on Pledge 8 of his 9 point plan - investing in transport.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London, transport | Tags: 9 point plan, Crossrail, Transport, Tube upgrades

07 March 2012

Help keep our poster campaign running

The BackBoris campaign has had an eventful few days. Mayor Boris Johnson laid out his 9 point plan for a Greater London, and we launched our poster campaign, highlighting Boris’s clear vision for securing the city’s future and holding Ken Livingstone to account for his broken promises.

Unlike Ken Livingstone, we don’t have the trade union bosses funding our campaign, so we need your help to keep our posters up.

Please donate today to ensure that we can keep our adverts up and keep Ken out of City Hall: www.backboris2012.com/donate

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Fighting London's corner, Get Involved, London | Tags: 9 point plan, Donate, London, Posters

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