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

25 November 2011

Progress in Lewisham

It's an exciting time to be a Londoner. Next year our city will be in the spotlight with the Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. It is also a time to reflect on the last three and a half years of London under the stewardship of Mayor Boris Johnson.
  
Since being elected in May 2008 I have seen Boris working hard to deliver for London and Lewisham - moving away from the waste under Ken Livingstone.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, London, Olympics, quality of life, transport | Tags: Council tax freeze, Diamond jubilee, Lewisham, Olympics, Oyster, Police

24 November 2011

How Boris got me on my bike

I moved to London in May 2008 and made my home in Putney, Wandsworth at the same time that Boris became mayor.  Already a very economical and well run borough, I was delighted to see services have progressively improved in the time that I have been here under an established Tory council and the new Tory Mayor.
   
Proving that efficiency savings are possible, without losing essential services, Boris froze the Mayor’s share of council tax, and in turn, the borough was able to continue to keep the council tax low. This has all been done without compromising on the weekly rubbish collection or closing libraries.
  

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Barclays cycle hire, District line, Oyster, Police, Putney, Wandsworth

22 November 2011

Croydon deserves a champion like Boris

There’s no escaping that Croydon has a much-maligned public image – from mocking quips in shows like Blackadder to the eponymous ‘Croydon Facelift’. It can be difficult to find the good in a town like ours and to find the energy required to tackle our issues. But tackle them Boris has.
   
Boris is ensuring that Croydon isn’t stuck in the past by spearheading a regeneration revolution. Under the Mayor the town has seen £400,000 worth of funds given to Wandle Park to make it better for residents. He’s also ensured that £516,000 has been given to New Addington to help the high street’s potential for growth and development.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Addiscombe, Croydon, High streets, New addington, Tramlink

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

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

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

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