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

05 March 2012

9 point plan poster launch

Boris Johnson this weekend set out his nine point plan to secure a Greater London, in a speech on Saturday and then at the launch of the poster campaign on Sunday.

1,000 posters will go up across London - from Croydon to Enfield and Hillingdon to Havering. They detail Boris’s determination to end the waste and mismanagement of the previous Mayor to free up money to pay for a strong plan for London’s future.

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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: 9 point plan, Council tax, Cutting waste, Jobs, London, Olympic legacy, Police on the streets, Poster campaign, Transport

09 December 2011

WATCH: Bendy buses off London's roads

At just after midnight tonight, the bendy bus on route 207 from White City to Hayes by-pass will make it's final journey.

Introduced in June 2002 by Ken Livingstone, bendy buses were unsuitable for London's roads. Too often they were involved in dangerous accidents and it was too easy to avoid paying.

Click 'read more' to watch the video and find out more what Boris has delivered for London.

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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: Achievements, Bendy bus, Council tax freeze, Wez

09 December 2011

Progress in Hillingdon

It’s easy to forget that Hillingdon is just one of London’s 32 boroughs, especially when you live out in Zone 6 and the centre seems so distant. However, Boris has helped the outer London boroughs in a way that his predecessor never did, bringing us closer to the centre so we can share in the jobs and opportunities it has to offer.

London is one of the most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities in the world and increasingly we can enjoy the benefits of the centre (theatre, clubs, universities, shopping) whilst also enjoying the advantages of being close to the countryside (Hillingdon has more green spaces than any other London Borough!)

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, environment, jobs and skills, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Crossrail, Hayes, Heathrow, Hillingdon, Outer london, West drayton, Zone 6

30 November 2011

A real difference in Merton

Since Boris was elected, I've noticed a real difference in my local area. Having Oystercard readers installed in my local station (Motspur Park) has been one of the most useful improvements.

I travel all over the place in London but not often enough to get a season ticket, so once the kids are up and out of the house in the morning, (and not being the most organised of people) it’s one less job for me to faff about getting a ticket to wherever I am going that day in time. I often travel up to West Brompton on the District line and I've been noticing recently that this is a much more reliable service than it used to be.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, environment, London, transport | Tags: District line, Merton, Oyster

28 November 2011

Transforming Waltham Forest

Mayor Boris Johnson has placed a great deal of emphasis on improving the communities in Outer London and this is evident in my home borough of Waltham Forest.

Boris has set aside a £50m Outer London fund to help regenerate suburban town centres,  such as Wood Street town centre in Walthamstow, in the heart of the borough.

Thanks to this investment, this area is being transformed from a bland, boring high street into a safe, tidy shopping area and is giving residents a real sense of pride in their area. I know that the mayor is keen for more areas to benefit from this fund and I'm sure that more of Waltham Forest will benefit in the long term.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, environment, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Outer london fund, Oyster, Police, Waltham forest

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

10 November 2011

Boris delivers for Bexley

I have always been a Bexley boy – born and educated. And this year I have managed to get on the property ladder with my partner in the borough.

I work in London and so join the significant number of commuters who work hard in the city centre and return to our suburban surroundings in the evenings. One of my sisters still lives in the borough with her husband and young children and my mum has worked in Sidcup for over sixteen years.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, environment, Fighting London's corner, quality of life | Tags: Bexley, High streets, Parish wood park

09 November 2011

I welcome Boris’ improvements to front-line policing in Lambeth

In Lambeth, the benefits of having Boris Johnson as Mayor are very practical and highly noticeable.

In my local park, a friend works with neighbours on a “grow-your-own” vegetable plot. The social and environmental benefits of bringing city dwellers closer to nature and the food chain are immense. So I am pleased that Boris has created over 80 green spaces in Lambeth alone that will allow similar schemes. 

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, environment, London, transport | Tags: Booze ban, Green space, Grow your own, High street, Lambeth, Outer london fund, Police

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