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

08 December 2011

Delivering for Redbridge

I’ve lived in Redbridge all of my life and have witnessed the vast improvement in our borough which has come about since Boris was elected Mayor in 2008.

In the eight years Ken was in charge, the only effect he managed to have on Redbridge was to raise City Hall’s share of council tax by a staggering 153%, squeezing every household.

Residents in the area, including myself, felt these rises were not only unjustified - we didn’t benefit from the extra tax we were paying. Ken only focused on the inner boroughs, neglecting the outer areas such as Redbridge.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, London, transport | Tags: Council tax freeze, Crossrail, Outer london, Redbridge

07 December 2011

Keeping Sutton moving forward

Like many, I have kept a close eye on my spending over the last few difficult years. Boris freezing his share of the council tax in his four years as Mayor has been noticed and is very welcome

Just by cancelling the daily delivery of 40 copies of the Morning Star to City Hall, Boris saved several thousands of pounds each year; money that could be better used to make residents’ lives in Sutton just a little easier.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Bendy bus, Carshalton, North cheam, Oyster, Sutton, Wallington

06 December 2011

Bringing bikes to H&F

When Boris Bikes were first introduced to London, I, like many people, was slightly suspicious. The bikes, I heard, were weighty and hard to control. I complained that there were better things for the Mayor to spend our money on. How wrong I was. They have made living in London an even greater pleasure.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London, transport | Tags: Barclay's cycle hire, Boris bikes, Hammersmith & fulham, Kensington olympia, Shepherd's bush

05 December 2011

The future is bright for Greenwich

Greenwich has plenty going for it - a rich heritage, a thriving local economy and most importantly of all, a real sense of community spirit.
We have seen many improvements in the borough in the time that Boris has been Mayor. 

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, London, Olympics, sport, transport | Tags: Abbey wood, Avery hill park, Crossrail, Dlr, Greenwich, Olympics, Oyster, Woolwich

02 December 2011

Boris delivers for Enfield

Living in Enfield, it's nice to finally have a Mayor who doesn’t just pay lip service to working for people living in the outer boroughs.

Take Oyster cards. When they were first introduced, those of us who rely on the overland trains waited and waited to be included. Ken Livingstone promised they would be coming but nothing ever happened. It took Boris Johnson to come in and actually deliver what we wanted.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, jobs and skills, London, transport, youth | Tags: Aylward academy, Enfield, Nightingale academy, North circular, Outer borough, Piccadilly

01 December 2011

A pretty exciting place to live

Hackney’s a pretty exciting place to live right now.

From my house I can see the Olympic Stadium and the refurbished London Overground. And we need someone who can make sure we get the most out of these new opportunities.

The Olympics are a great opportunity for Hackney, and although lots of people think it’s costing an arm and a leg, it was costing an arm and two legs before Boris got hold of it!

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, Fighting London's corner, jobs and skills, London, Olympics, transport | Tags: Crime, Hackney, Hackney wick, Jobs, London overground, Olympics, Shoreditch, Technology

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

29 November 2011

Growing London's economy

I wanted to tell you about the new investment in London that we have secured from the Government. It is investment that will help grow London's economy.

Over the last three and a half years, my administration has been dedicated to putting more police on the streets and cutting crime; keeping council tax low; investing in transport and making the Olympics a success.

But perhaps our most important challenge of all has been to see London through these tough times and return to growth. It's why I am running again - to keep the investment flowing and London moving in the right direction.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Fighting London's corner, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Autumn statement, Battersea, Blackwell tunnel, Dartford, Facebook, Infrastructure, Investment, M25, Nine elms, Northern line, Silvertown, Twitter

29 November 2011

Kingston better with Boris

Kingston is a great place to live.  However we were the forgotten borough when Ken Livingstone was in power.

Boris has changed all of that and now I’m noticing the improvements.

I’m particularly impressed with the campaign to make Kingston’s buses safer. I’ve noticed more police at the local train and bus stations, so it’s no wonder that crime on buses has fallen by 15% with Boris at the helm. Places like Surbiton, New Malden and Chessington are reliant on public transport and people need to feel safe using it.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Fighting London's corner, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Chessington, Council tax freeze, Kingston upon thames, New malden, Surbiton

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