21 November 2011

Real change in Islington

My family and I have lived in Islington for over thirty years. For most of that time, all we have ever known is Labour - either at local, City Hall or Government level. And yet our borough still has a substantial problem with poverty, with two-thirds of our residents being amongst the poorest fifth in the country.

Ken Livingstone's solution was always to take away more money. First, through tax increases - he increased council tax by 153%. And second, by saying one thing on fares, but doing another - resulting in massive fare increases after elections.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Fighting London's corner, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Council tax freeze, Crossrail, Cycle hire, Islington

18 November 2011

Crime on London buses continues to fall

New figures show a continued fall in crime on the capital’s transport network.

Thanks to a significant investment by Boris Johnson in transport policing and a commitment to improving safety and security, bus crime is now at its lowest rate in over seven years. There was a 9.4% overall reduction in the first half of 2011/12.

Between April and September 2011, ‘violence against the person’ offences on buses were down 14.2%, theft was down 11.7%, and criminal damage was down 14.4%. Similarly, figures for the Tube and DLR fell by 4.1%, with ‘violence against the person’ down 9.2% and criminal damage down 37.5%.

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Categories: crime, London | Tags: Bus crime, Transport

18 November 2011

Westminster is better with Boris

The certainty that I was doing the right thing backing Boris in 2008 came as he toured my ward, the economically deprived and ethnically diverse Church Street in Westminster North.

As expected, he was mobbed by supporters - drinkers rushing from a local pub, hollering “Boris! Boris!”, trying to entice him in for a pint. Yet if there was any doubt about the nature of  Boris his priorities were quickly laid bare. Politely eschewing the pub-goers, Boris got into deep discussion with passers-by and then market-trader after market-trader, deep-seated concern for the community evident in every exchange.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London, Olympics, transport | Tags: Barclays cycle hire, Boris bikes, Crossrail, Olympics, Oxford street, Wesminster

17 November 2011

Hounslow benefits from Boris's achievements

One of the best things about London is that it is a real microcosm of different cultures and beliefs. The borough of Hounslow is a perfect example of this diversity. Stretching from Chiswick in the east to Feltham in the west it takes in a huge variety of communities. Many of these communities have differing needs but they are united in what they need from their infrastructure and what they need from their mayor.

For me personally one of the most important things is public transport, and it's great to see Boris driving through the investment programme. My daily commute from Chiswick to Heathrow takes in the length of the borough and involves two buses and two tubes so it is crucial for me that it works efficiently.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, London, transport | Tags: Chiswick, District, Feltham, Heathrow, Hounslow, Oyster, Piccadilly, Tube upgrade

16 November 2011

Enter our video competition

Are you a budding film maker? Do you watch films and adverts and think, 'I could do that'?

Our campaign is only as strong as the people who support it, which is why we want to tell the world about the talent of our supporters. We are giving five film makers the chance to have their worked showcased on the campaign website.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved, London | Tags: Competition, Get involved, Record, Video

16 November 2011

Boris's vision drives Ealing forward

With the London Mayoral election less than six months away, I'm asking myself the big question: What is Boris doing for Ealing?

And I'm pleased to say he is making a difference here in this large diverse borough which stretches from Southall in the west through Northolt, Greenford, central and south Ealing to Acton in the east.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, London, transport | Tags: Crossrail, Cycle lanes, Ealing, High streets, Outer london fund, Oyster, Police, Traffic flow

15 November 2011

Boris stands up for Tower Hamlets

Boris Johnson brings hope and unity to London. I have an abiding memory of Boris cycling along Whitechapel Road to a meeting. People came out of shops and buses stopped as Londoners cheered on their Mayor. In contrast Ken Livingstone came to Tower Hamlets to play politics - campaigning for an Independent candidate opposing his own Labour Party in a divisive local election.

Boris has not once raised his share of council tax. Ken Livingstone raised council tax every one of his 8 years as Mayor - costing the average household in London £963.58. Livingstone also cynically promised fare reductions before elections, before hiking them afterwards.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, environment, Fighting London's corner, jobs and skills, London, Olympics, quality of life, sport, transport, youth | Tags: Bendy bus, Crossrail, East end, Olympics, Routemaster, Tower hamlets, Tower hill, Trafaler square

14 November 2011

Boris delivers for Newham

As I go round Newham I can see exactly where Boris Johnson has made a big difference since he became Mayor just three and a half years ago.

Boris has delivered on his promises to tackle crime and keep taxes low. In Newham, crime is down. We now see more police patrolling the streets, and we feel safer as a result. Overall crime is down by more than 6% and robbery by almost 15%. Most importantly - considering the tragic spate of youth murders in 2007/08 -  youth violence is down by almost 17%.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, environment, jobs and skills, London, Olympics, quality of life, sport, transport, youth | Tags: Council tax, District, Dlr, Enterprise zone, Hammersmith & city, Jubilee, Newham, Olympics, Tube upgrade

14 November 2011

WATCH: Election promises

With an election looming, Ken Livingstone is promising to cut fares. It's his big pitch to Londoners. But many will think, "Haven't we heard this all before?"

Londoners need to judge him by what he does, not what he says. Let's face it, this isn’t the first time Ken’s promised to cut fares before an election, only to hike them straight after.

And let's not forget about his record breaking council tax increases, which cost the average household £964.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London | Tags: 2012, Boris johnson, Campaign briefing, Election promises, Not ken again

11 November 2011

Why, as a Southwark mum, I'm Backing Boris

Ever noticed how drab those old TV series of your youth – assuming you’re of a certain age – seem now? Catching a repeat of ‘Miss Marple’ (the Joan Hickson one) I was struck by how poor the sound was, how faded the setting and the near monochromatic colour.
What does this have to do with Boris Johnson? As a mum bringing up two children in Southwark, for me, it’s not just about facts and figures. Any politician can do those. It’s about what you feel and see with your own eyes.
And I can’t help comparing the buzz London has now with the drab, monochrome divide-and-rule atmosphere of the previous incumbent. I remember his 1980s GLC incarnation, too, which was even worse.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, London, quality of life, sport, transport, youth | Tags: Allotments, Council tax freeze, London overground, Playsport, Southwark

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