26 January 2012

Ken Livingstone's Assembly allies vote against Mayor's budget, council tax freeze

Yesterday, Ken Livingstone's allies on the London Assembly - led by his Deputy Mayoral running mate Val Shawcross - voted against Boris Johnson's budget, which delivers a fourth council tax freeze in a row and secures 1,000 extra police officers by May 2012.

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Categories: crime, economy | Tags: Budget, Council tax, Police on the streets, Value for money

25 January 2012

Boris will have 1,000 more police on the beat than at the end of Ken's term

Labour claim: Boris scrapped Ken's plan to increase police officers

This is false, Ken's promise was empty because he never had the money to do it. Another broken promise from Ken Livingstone.

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Categories: crime, London | Tags: Police on the streets

25 January 2012

Mayor Boris Johnson's Draft Budget: Value for money and freezing the precept

This administration has been dedicated to delivering value for Londoners’ money, and to leading the city to a strong economic recovery.

You must remember that in the last four years we have not only been dealing with the deepest recession for 50 years.

We have had to overturn and reform a culture of waste in City Hall.

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Categories: crime, economy, Fighting London's corner, London, Olympics, quality of life, transport | Tags: Budget, City hall, Council tax, Cutting waste, London assembly

24 January 2012

Boris cutting crime with more police on the streets

Boris Johnson today said that one of his proudest achievements as Mayor of London has been cutting crime by more than 10% and increasing police numbers on local streets.

Speaking on LBC’s Nick Ferrari Breakfast Show this morning, Mayor Johnson said: “Crime figures are down compared with Ken Livingstone and we’ve had to do it in the teeth of a recession. Crime has come down more than 10% overall. Murder is down almost 25% since I’ve become Mayor. I’m very proud of that. That’s because of more police.”

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Categories: crime, London | Tags: Crime down, Lbc, Nick ferarri, Police numbers, The met

24 January 2012

£1 a day to keep Ken away

There are 100 days to go until Londoners head to the polls to vote for their Mayor.

We're in for a tough fight to stop London being taken backwards.

To compete with Ken Livingstone's union funded and controlled campaign, I need your help.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, economy, Fighting London's corner, Get Involved, jobs and skills, London, Olympics, quality of life, sport, transport | Tags: £1 a day, Council tax, Crime, Investment, Jobs, Olympics, Record, Transport, Value for money

19 January 2012

Boris: Join uniformed groups to gain skills

Mayor Johnson today unveiled a new programme to boost job prospects for thousands of young Londoners and steer them away from crime.

In plans outlined during a visit to the Merton Sea Cadets Centre, thousands of young Londoners will have the chance to join uniformed groups like the Guides, Scouts and Cadets, helping them develop vital skills and instil discipline and responsibility. The programme, run by the Safer London Foundation, is aimed at young people particularly at risk of being excluded from education, training or employment.

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Categories: crime, Get Involved, jobs and skills, London, quality of life, youth | Tags: Cadets, Guides, Merton sea cadets, Scots, Team london

19 December 2011

Taking Richmond in the right direction

By John Ffooks, Richmond resident

Richmond is one of those outer London Boroughs so neglected by the previous incumbent in City Hall. Living in Zone 4 and seeing how we were treated just made we wonder if that was our lot in life - high Council Tax and poor services. Now that we have Boris in charge Zone 4 is valued as highly as Zone 1.

For example, I use the bus a lot to get around the borough and it's clear to see how Boris has made people's lives easier and better: from easy on-off kerbside bus access for the less mobile, to countdown displays for every stop so you always know how long you'll have to wait. Sadly, Boris hasn't been able to change London's weather, but fingers crossed for the second term.

Added to that, I can now top up my pay-as-you-go Oyster on overground rail for my occasional ventures into the centre of town – only possible because Boris leant so heavily on the train operating companies to look after passenger interests not just their own. And when I do go into town and am rushing for an appointment, I know I can afford to take a cab because the traffic lights have been re-sequenced and I won’t pay just to sit in traffic.

It goes on: my Council Tax is down in real terms, and he’s not littering the streets with The Londoner, Ken Livingstone's propaganda sheet which we all paid for but no one ever read. There are more bobbies on the beat too, which as a father of young children is a real comfort. And there will be more activities for my children as they grow up thanks to Boris’ Olympic legacy – even out in Richmond!

But the best thing about Boris is that he does more with less. If that isn’t worth turning out to support, nothing is.

Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, quality of life, transport | Tags: Bus, Crime, Oyster, Richmond, Transport, Value for money

16 December 2011

K&C benefits from Boris's hard work

When you’re working hard, watching your budget, and feel that sometimes keeping all the plates spinning is an impossible task, you have little patience for politicians who make gimmicky announcements  - you want a Mayor who just get things done. Most importantly, you want a Mayor who focuses on the practical things which make your life better and your community safer.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, Fighting London's corner, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Circle line, Council tax freeze, Kensington and chelsea, Police on the streets, Wez

14 December 2011

Improvements in Barnet

I shall be backing Boris Johnson again in the 2012 Mayoral Election because, as a pensioner and a resident of the London Borough of Barnet since 1964, I have noticed the improvements in this area since he became Mayor of London.

By freezing council tax again, again and again he’s really helping those on a tight budget cope with rising bills and the ever increasing prices in the shops. Scrapping the wasteful Londoner newspaper to help keep tax down really is the kind of thing we want our Mayor to do.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, Fighting London's corner, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Barnet, Council tax freeze, Norther line, Police on the streets, Tube upgrade

13 December 2011

Heading in the right direction

I’ve lived in Stroud Green in Haringey for ten years now and I love it here.  Though one of the few downsides is the local council. For years has clobbered us with a hefty council tax bill, without much thought for value for money. And before Boris became mayor, the mayor’s share of council tax was going up and up.

So it has been a welcome relief that Boris has been able to put a stop to that - freezing his share for three years in a row.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, Fighting London's corner, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Bendy bus, Council tax freeze, Haringey, New bus for london, Stroud green, Tottenham, Value for money

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