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

03 November 2011

Six months to go - Show your support!

In six months Londoners will elect the Mayor who will govern their city until 2016.

Boris Johnson needs your help to be re-elected on 3 May 2012 and to keep the capital moving in the right direction.

London has come a long way since Boris became Mayor as he delivers on his promises to make London safer, invest in a creaking transport network to make it more reliable and keep the cost of living down.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, environment, Fighting London's corner, Get Involved, jobs and skills, London, Olympics, quality of life, sport, transport, youth | Tags: Election, Eshop, Get involved, Vox pops

13 September 2011

Westfield Stratford City - open for business!

Mayor of London Boris Johnson today opened the new Westfield Stratford City - Europe's biggest shopping development which will create 18,000 new jobs.

Tens of thousands of eager Londoners streamed through the doors of the new Westfield - a sister complex of the hugely successful west London centre and which forms a central part of the massive regeneration of east London ahead of next summer's Olympic Games.

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Categories: jobs and skills, London, Olympics, quality of life, sport | Tags: Olympics, Stratford, Westfield

04 September 2011

That really was a cheap shot

In a letter published in today's Observer, the Mayor of London makes clear that it was not his decision to exclude shooting events from the Get Set Ticketshare programme for schoolchildren:

I'm writing in response to your report that the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic shooting events would be excluded from the Get Set Ticketshare scheme.

I am happy to clarify that this story was based on inaccurate reporting of my position. I do not support a ban on tickets for shooting or any other Olympic or Paralympic sports. This decision was taken by the London 2012 Organising Committee (Locog) following consultation with teachers.

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Categories: London, Olympics, sport, youth | Tags: Get set, London 2012, Olympics, Paralympics

01 September 2011

Share your views on London

By Boris Johnson

A pretty great Londoner (William Shakespeare) once asked: 'What is the city but the people?' before answering: 'The people are the city'. London is the best big city in the world largely because of the people who live in it - you. That is why we want to know how you would take it forward.

As I hope you can tell from this questionnaire we are very proud of what we have achieved over the last three of years. For instance, we froze the Mayor’s share of council tax making taxpayers’ money go further than before. And we have ramped up the fight against crime which is now down by 9% making London the safest it has been for a decade.

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Categories: crime, environment, Get Involved, jobs and skills, London, Olympics, quality of life, sport, transport, youth | Tags: Get involved, Share your views, Survey

28 August 2011

£12 for 2012 donor meeting

Having seen what Boris has achieved so far, I decided to show my backing by making a donation to the BackBoris2012 re-election campaign. I was fortunate to be picked out of a hat amongst a few other people to meet him. I found Boris a very friendly and down to earth man who is passionate about London, its people and businesses.

He explained what he is doing to get normality to the areas affected by the riots and improve London’s image on the international scene. He answered questions on various topics including putting more police on the streets, cutting crime, making the Olympics a success and his lane rental scheme for cutting congestion. Having met Boris, I am now even a stronger supporter of him and recommend everyone to support and vote for him.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, London, Olympics, quality of life, youth | Tags: £12 for 2012, Fundraising, Online campaign

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

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

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