01 May 2012

Taking Greater London Forward

The Mayoral election on Thursday comes when we have been going through the toughest times that anyone can remember.

The big question is therefore blindingly simple - who has the best plan for the jobs and growth that will help bring prosperity to all?

It is about who will deliver the investment from central government that will take London forward.

It is about who you can trust to spend that money wisely – and who will be honest with you about where the money is coming from, and how it is spent.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London | Tags: 3 may, 9 point plan, Gotv, Vote

28 April 2012

Less than 1 week...

With less than one week to go until Polling Day, Boris urgently needs your help to secure Greater London's future. On 3 May voters will face the choice of a better future - or a return the past.

Boris's 9 point plan to secure Greater London's future cuts waste at City Hall, reduces council tax, creates 200,000 new jobs, protects green space, invests in transport, cuts tube delays and ensures a true Olympic legacy.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved, London | Tags: 3 may, 9 point plan, Facebook, Flickr, Get involved, Timeline, Twitter

24 April 2012

Tell a friend about the 9 point plan

This election is crucial - and close!

With just 9 days to go until polling day, we need your help now more than ever to spread the word about Boris’s 9 point plan for a Greater London.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved, London | Tags: 3 may, 9 point plan, Tell a friend

12 April 2012

21 days

By Boris Johnson

There are just three weeks before Londoners head to the polls to choose their Mayor and the stakes in this election are high.

Over the last four years I’ve been getting on with my plan to turn things around because this is the most important job I’ll ever do. And on Tuesday, at the official launch of my campaign, I set out my vision for securing Greater London's future.

But there is more to do - I feel like a man who has built half a bridge. I can see the other side and what needs to be done.

And to build the rest of the bridge, I need your help. Supporters like you are the backbone of my campaign and your commitment is critical to getting out our message across the capital.

That is why today I am asking you to sign up as a volunteer, if you haven't done so already. With your help we can reach even more Londoners in these final three weeks.

www.backboris2012.com/volunteer

Teams of volunteers are already working hard across London, leafleting stations, knocking on doors and phoning voters.

The Battle Bus will be continuing it's tour of the boroughs and our call centres will be open across London every afternoon and evening from now until May 3rd, so there is plenty to get stuck in to: www.backboris2012.com/events

The choice on 3rd May is very clear – between lurching back to the high-taxing, discredited and divisive approach of my predecessor, or going forward with four more years of sensible, responsible and cost-effective government in London.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to the campaign.

Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved, London | Tags: 3 may, Battle bus, Leaflet, Phone canvass, Volunteer

21 March 2012

Why Polish Londoners should register to vote

By Przemek Skwirczynski, Conservative Friends of Poland

Weź sprawy w swoje ręce i zdecyduj, kto będzie rządził Londynem przez kolejne cztery lata!

Szczególnie Ci z nas, którzy przyjechali do Londynu w trakcie ostatniej dekady są często zbyt zapracowani i zajęci rodziną, żeby pamiętać o czynnym udziale w lokalnych wyborach, pomimo, że jako Polacy wszyscy jesteśmy uprawnieni do glosowania.  Żeby ułatwić rejestrację wyborców Electoral Commission (tzn. Komisja Wyborcza) stworzyła portal www.aboutmyvote.co.uk. Oczywiście nadal możemy rejestrować się w tradycyjny sposób, zapisując się na Electoral Roll, czego można dokonać poprzez Council (Urząd Dzielnicowy) – pocztą lub poprzez stronę internetową Urzędu.

Jesteśmy bardzo liczną i rozpoznawalną mniejszością w Londynie i możemy mieć rzeczywisty wpływ na władzę w mieście. Co więcej, uważam, że jak najbardziej powinniśmy tę siłę wykorzystać i spowodować wybór najbardziej korzystnego dla nas kandydata. W końcu ogromna większość z nas ciężko pracuje – czy to prowadząc własne interesy, czy będąc zatrudnionymi w firmach – a zatem płaci podatki, o rozgospodarowaniu których możemy właśnie decydować oddając głosy w wyborach. Ponadto, pokolenie Polaków, które przyjechało do Londynu w trakcie ostanich lat, zakłada obecnie rodziny, a więc nagle sprawy szkolnictwa, bezpieczeństwa, czystości, czy transportu zaczynają mieć dla nas większe znaczenie. O tych sprawach również decydują władze lokalne – w naszym przypadku Mer Londynu.

Podsumowując, do 18. kwietnia możemy rejestrować się na liście wyborców do majowych wyborów Mera Londynu, ale żeby uniknąć komplikacji proponuję rejestrować się już. Poza tym, jeżeli chcecie, podobnie jak ja, by Londyn nadal wspierał przedsiębiorczość, żeby podatki ( w tym council tax) były utrzymywane na poziomie minimalnym, żeby było bezpieczniej poprzez zwiększoną obecność policji, żeby szkoły stawały się coraz lepsze i inwestowano więcej w miejski transport – wtedy zapoznajcie się bardziej szczegółowo z obecnymi dokonaniami oraz programem Borisa na kolejne cztery lata.

 

English translation:

Take matters into your own hands and decide who will run London for the next four years!

Although as Poles we are all entitled to vote, we often find that we are too busy with work or family matters to remember to take part in the local elections – this may be especially true of those of us who came to live in London over the past decade. With that in mind and in order to facilitate the registration of voters the Election Commission has created a portal called www.aboutmyvote.co.uk. We can of course still register in traditional ways - by enrolling on the Electoral Roll - either by post, or through our local council website.

We are a very large and visible minority in London and as such we could have a real impact on the city’s authorities. I believe that we should take advantage of this strength and influence the election of the candidate who is most aligned with our needs. Vast majority of us work hard running our own businesses or working for companies, and hence contributing a lot in tax revenues - we can decide on how these are spent by casting our votes in elections. Moreover, the generation of young Poles who came to London over the recent years may now or soon be starting their families, which is why such matters as education, safety, clean streets and transport are gaining importance. These issues are largely a responsibility of the local authorities - in our case: the Mayor of London.

In summary, you can register to vote on 3 May 2012 London Mayor elections by 18 April, but to avoid disappointment I advise you to register now. Besides, if (like me) you want London to welcome entrepreneurship, with taxes (including council tax) kept at minimum, better safety due to increased police presence, proper schools and an increased investment in London’s transport, then take a closer look at the to-date achievements and Boris’s programme for the next four years.

Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved, London | Tags: 3 may, Electoral roll, Get involved, London, Poles, Polish, Vote

26 January 2012

If you're an Australian, Greater London needs you!

On this wonderful day - and for those unsure why the 26th of January is so special, let me enlighten you - it's Australia Day. As an Australian living and working in London, I'm proudly celebrating, and expecting many other across Hammersmith, Clapham and Shoreditch are too!

And this year I have a more serious message for all the other Australians in the capital - you're eligible to vote in this May's Mayoral election. It is not only British citizens who have a say over how this great city is run, but qualifying Londoners from across the Commonwealth.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved, London | Tags: 3 may, Australia day, Register to vote