03 May 2012

Last chance to Back Boris

BackBoris 2012 Campaign Director Lynton Crosby just sent this message out to campaign supporters.  Make no mistake, the battle isn't over yet!  Make sure you get out and vote before 10pm tonight.

You’ve heard a lot from me recently about why the election today is so critical.

Londoners face a clear choice between going forwards under Boris’s 9 point plan for a Greater London or back to the divisive politics of the past.

Now, the choice is in your hands.  There are just a few hours left to determine London’s future.  If you haven’t already, please make sure you get out and vote before 10pm tonight.

Find your polling station: http://BackBoris2012.com/HowToVote

Together we can Back Boris and keep Greater London moving forwards.

Lynton Crosby
Campaign Director

Categories: Campaign Updates, London | Tags: Boris johnson, Election, London, Lynton crosby, Vote

01 May 2012

Endorsements roll in for Boris's re-election

In the last few days, Boris has been endorsed by a number of publications who have taken notice of his 9 point plan to secure a Greater London and his strong record of cutting waste and securing investment. We thought we’d share with you what they’re saying and remind you to let us know why you’re backing Boris.

The Evening Standard calls Boris “the right choice for London” and write, “Since his election in 2008, Mr Johnson has campaigned tirelessly for London’s interests, regardless of the complexion of national government.” London is best served by sticking with Boris.

The Daily Mail writes that Boris “is undoubtedly the best man to be Mayor and represent London on the world stage during the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.” He’s been a tax-cutting and cost-effective mayor, “Boris has frozen council tax for the last four years – saving the average Londoner a cumulative £445 – and plans to cut it by 10 per cent over the next four years.”

Conservative Home makes the case for Boris, who they say has run a “positive, ambitious Mayoralty.” Boris has already achieved a vast amount as Mayor and has been a Mayor for all Londoners. “His mission is not complete and I hope and believe that this week Londoners will give him the power to get on with it.”

The Sunday Telegraph writes of Boris’s determination to do everything that he can to help small businesses. Boris is someone who can be relied on to do what he says and not to make promises that he cannot keep.

The Sunday Times (£) declares that Boris “remains a far better choice than Mr Livingstone” and that he deserves another term as Mayor of London. 

And The Economist “would like Mr Johnson to serve another term.”

Categories: Campaign Updates, London | Tags: Boris johnson, Election, Endorsements, London, Mayor

20 April 2012

Channel 4 Factcheck has it wrong on affordable home starts

This analysis in the Channel 4 Factcheck analysis of affordable home starts is incorrect because it omits a crucial GLA source and mis-reads the CLG table.

The figure of 2,240 affordable starts between April and September 2011, which is the same time period that Ken Livingstone's team reference, is clearly referenced in a Mayoral answer of 14th December 2011, which explains why the HCA figure is misleading and what the real figure is:

'The HCA published figures suggesting there were only 56 affordable starts in the first six months of this year. This data is misleading. The London Development Database reports that there were 2,240 affordable starts over the same six month period. The HCA are unable to record these homes on their system until they have signed new contracts with developers which they are in the process of doing.' (Source).

Neither this source or explanation was given in the Fact Check article - a crucial caveat with significant bearing on the result.

The 2,240 figure is not only based on GLA figures, it is also based on the same figures in the CLG table referenced in the article. However, Fact Check have mis-read the table.

You need to add together the numbers for 'housing association' and 'local authority' in Q2 and Q3 to obtain a figure that is comparable to the misleading HCA stats. We have taken starts under housing associations and local authorities to mean 'affordable' and this is entirely consistent with official CLG guidance, which clearly states that housing delivered by a housing association (previously referred to as a Registered Social Landlord, or RSL) or a local authority can be considered as 'affordable'; 'Normally, only households on local authority and RSL registers are eligible for social rented housing' (Delivering Affordable Housing, CLG, November 2006, p.10, link).

As this table from CLG shows, Q2 is measured as April to June and Q3 is measured as July to September, so we are comparing the same time period as Ken Livingstone.

According to both these tables, there were 1,110 starts by Housing Associations and 260 by local authorities in London in Q2. There were 860 starts by housing associations and 40 by local authorities in London in Q3. Taken together, this gives a total of 2,270 (the discrepancy is because the CLG live tables are constantly revised, whereas the Mayoral answer was drafted in December 2011.)

So it is completely incorrect to assert that there were only 56 affordable housing starts in London between April and September 2011. Both the GLA and CLG show this to be incorrect and that there were actually 2,240/2,270 affordable housing starts in London during this time period. The article should immediately be amended to reflect this evidence.

Categories: Campaign Updates | Tags: Boris johnson, Channel 4, Housing

10 April 2012

Watch: My Party Election Broadcast

By Boris Johnson

It is an honour to be Mayor of London and in every conversation I have with Londoners I feel a huge sense of responsibility.

Especially now, when times are tough, it is vital that we have a Mayor that works to get the best possible deal for Londoners and this city.

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.

It’s a job that is nobody’s by right. And I’d like to tell you why I am seeking the job again.

As I told those gathered this morning for the official launch of my campaign for re-election, the stakes in this election are high – Britain has been brought to the brink of bankruptcy, and Londoners have been going through some of the toughest times that we can remember.

And 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.

Please take a few minutes and be one of the first to watch my Party Election Broadcast, setting out why I'm seeking the job of Mayor again: http://youtu.be/LmONVlMkCbU

At this critical election vote for me, Boris Johnson, and the Conservatives on Thursday the 3rd of May.

Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, economy, Fighting London's corner, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: 9 point plan, Back boris, Boris johnson, Crime, Investment, London, Peb, Transport

10 April 2012

Boris speech marks official campaign launch

This morning marked the official launch of my campaign for re-election. I delivered a speech to a packed house in Richmond and wanted to share it with you:

Good morning and thanks for coming.

This election is being fought when Britain has been brought to the brink of bankruptcy. When Londoners have been going through some of the toughest times that we can remember and when the choice is between going back to the high tax, high spending creed of a bunch of taxpayer funded, Châteauneuf-du-Pape swilling, Outer London ignoring, car hating, semi-reformed Trotsyisksts and bendy bus fetishists whose approach to Government helped to get this country into this economic mess;

Or going forward with sensible, moderate and cost-effective government that invests in our future. That creates the conditions for business to grow. And that delivers on its promises.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, economy, Fighting London's corner, housing, jobs and skills, London, Olympics, quality of life, sport, transport, youth | Tags: 9 point plan, Apprenticeships, Boris johnson, Campaign, Crime, Housing, London, Olympics, Transport

05 April 2012

Boris wishes a happy and healthy Passover to London's Jewish Community

In recognition of the start of the Passover festival, Boris Johnson today released a statement:

“I want to wish the very best to London’s entire Jewish community celebrating the Passover festival.

“I’m proud that London is a fantastically diverse city, boasting not just a great cultural and ethnic mix but also a great mix of ages. I am very aware of the contributions made to our city by London’s Jewish community in many areas, such as the arts, medicine, business and politics.

“Today I visited the Jewish Community Centre in Redbridge and saw first-hand the great work volunteers do there supporting older Londoners. 

“I wish a happy and healthy Passover to you and your family. Chag Sameach.”

Boris Johnson’s 9 point plan for a Greater London:

  1. Cutting waste at City Hall – freeing up £3.5 billion for services
  2. Putting £445 back in your pocket by freezing the Mayoral share of council tax
  3. Creating 200,000 new jobs over the next four years
  4. Making our streets and homes safer with1,000 more police on the beat
  5. Restoring 300 acres of green space and planting 20,000 street trees
  6. Investing £221 million to transform local high streets, supporting small businesses
  7. Ensuring a true Olympic legacy – 11,000 new homes and 10,000 new jobs
  8. Reducing Tube delays 30% by 2015. Building Crossrail and orbital rail to link our suburbs. Extending the Bike Hire scheme
  9. Securing a better deal for London from No 10

Categories: London | Tags: Boris johnson, Passover

05 April 2012

Boris wishes a happy and peaceful Easter to Londoners from all Christian faiths

In recognition of the importance of Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday to London’s Christians, Boris Johnson today released a statement:

“As Londoners from all Christian faiths attend services this weekend, it is important to recognize the important work Christians do for our city. Churches are often at the heart of our communities, and I admire the important work many of their congregants do to help families through difficult times. 

“I’m proud that these activities and values are shared by many Londoners, regardless of their nationality and beliefs. London is a fantastically diverse city, boasting not just a great cultural and ethnic mix but also a great mix of ages.

“I wish Christian Londoners and their families a happy and peaceful Easter.”

 

Categories: London | Tags: Boris johnson, Easter

03 April 2012

The truth about tax

On today's LBC debate, Ken Livingstone repeated false claims first made by Ed Miliband that Boris used a "similar scheme" to that used by Ken Livingstone in order to avoid paying his fair share of tax.  After Miliband initially made the completely unfounded claim, Boris was asked by blogger Guido Fawkes for a response.  We've posted that response below to ensure voters are absolutely clear on the facts:

 

Dear Guido,

You have asked about my business affairs and tax arrangements. Specifically do I have any company or other arrangements constructed to enable me to pay less tax and do I, as has been claimed by the Labour Mayoral candidate and the Opposition Leader, have the same arrangements as Labour’s Mayoral candidate.

The answer is simple and unequivocal in both cases. No.

My salary as Mayor is taxed as an employee of the GLA. In the same way as when I was an MP my salary was taxed as an employee. Any other income that I have received from outside endeavours has been received on a self-employed basis, to me as an individual (no company or other structure has been involved). No income earned by me has ever been paid to a “service” company, through which a person or person’s freelance earnings can be channeled so that they pay corporation rather than income tax.

To suggest otherwise is a complete and utter fabrication.

Of course the real point is not about my tax arrangements. It is about the hypocrisy of a man who for years has railed against those who use special arrangements to reduce their tax and who has then been caught – bang to rights – doing the very same thing himself.

Boris Johnson

 

Categories: Campaign Updates | Tags: Boris johnson, Ken livingstone, Tax

26 March 2012

My Transport Manifesto

Today I am launching my transport manifesto. It's a critical part of my 9 point plan for a Greater London.

A world class city should have a world class transport system that is safe, efficient, economical and reliable. A transport system that uses modern technology to meet the changing needs of Londoners and to guarantee long term sustainable lower fares.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London, transport | Tags: Boris bikes, Boris johnson, Buses, Congestion, Crossrail, Cycle hire, Freedom pass, Investment, Manifesto, Rail, Roadworks, Suburban rail, Transport, Tube, Unions

29 February 2012

This Leap Day, make a commitment

On this Leap Day, we’re asking you to make an important commitment that will have a major impact on your future… and the future of all Londoners.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London | Tags: Boris johnson, Election, Vote

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