22 June 2011

A different politician

From Lynton Crosby, BackBoris2012 Campaign Director:

When I signed on as Campaign Director for Boris's campaign back in 2008, it was immediately clear to me that he stood out as a real character. He was distinctive, unifying and brimming with ideas.  And after 8 long years of Ken Livingstone's misrule, Londoners were eager for a new approach in City Hall.

Just 3 years later, Boris has delivered on his promises to voters: Freezing his share of council tax compared to Ken's 153% rise; putting more police on the beat and reducing crime by nearly 9% across London; securing unprecedented Crossrail and Tube upgrades; and delivering Olympics venues on time and under budget.

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

01 June 2011

Boris has news for you!

Millions of Londoners are today receiving their copies of the Boris Record detailing the Mayor's achievements in office.

The newspapers are tailored to each of the capital's boroughs and have been paid for by voluntary donations - not taxpayers' money.

They detail how Boris is leading the charge to improve local transport links, freezing his share of your council tax and how putting more police on the streets has led to fall in crime in your neighbourhoods.

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Categories: Campaign Updates | Tags: Achievements, Boris johnson, Council tax, Crime, London, Police, Record, Transport

29 May 2011

Bill Bailey praises Boris for scrapping WEZ

Our canvassing team ran into Bill Bailey on the campaign trail - we managed to grab a photo with him and he praised Boris for scrapping the western extension to the congestion charge

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Categories: Campaign Updates | Tags: Bill bailey, Boris backers, Boris johnson, Campaign day, Hammersmith, London, Mayor, Youth campaign

26 May 2011

They're back! Boris Oyster card holders return

Hundreds of commuters snapped up the new BackBoris2012 Oyster card holders at Clapham Junction station this morning.

The wallets, featuring the Mayor's distinctive silhouette, have proved popular with many people wanting extras for their friends, partners and colleagues - we even got requests for the BackBoris2012 t-shirts worn by the activists. Inside the holders, commuters found cards with QR codes which when scanned by their smartphones automatically open webpages detailing transport upgrades which Boris is delivering in their area.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London | Tags: Boris johnson, Clapham junction, London, Oyster, Transport

26 May 2011

Hammersmith Campaign Day | Saturday

Excitement is growing ahead of this weekend’s Back Boris Youth Campaign Day in Hammersmith.

Over a hundred young activists are set to descend on the town centre, talking to local residents and spreading the word about Boris's strong record in office - from putting more police on the streets, cutting crime, securing the biggest upgrade of our transport system in 80-years, creating thousands of jobs and apprenticeships and delivering the Olympics on time and on budget.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved | Tags: Boris backers, Boris johnson, Campaign day, Hammersmith, London, Mayor, Youth campaign

23 May 2011

Boris trends on Twitter

There was an overwhelming response to Boris Johnson's first ever Twitter Q&A session. The #AskBoris hashtag, used to submit questions, trended in London and reached more than 700,000 people.

Questions ranged from the personal to the political during the half hour session - with transport and cycling two popular topics.

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Categories: London | Tags: Boris johnson, Cycling, London, Mayor, Transport, Twitter

19 May 2011

Olympics venue up for Building of the Year

London's Olympic Games are already up for an award after one of the key venues was selected to compete for Building of the Year.

The Velodrome, with its distinctive sweeping roof and pale pink cladding, was included in the long list for the award, after winning a design award from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

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Categories: London, Olympics | Tags: Boris johnson, London, Mayor, Olympics, Sport, Velodrome

19 May 2011

Get involved | Hammersmith Campaign Day

Hammersmith is set to see one of the biggest campaign days of the year so far with well over a hundred enthusiastic young Boris supporters expected to turn out. Next Saturday, 28th May, energetic young people from across London will descend on Hammersmith to engage with local residents and show why Boris is the Mayor for young Londoners.  It looks set to be a great time for all involved with campaigners ending the day watching the Champions League final between Man Utd and Barcelona at a local pub.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London, Get Involved | Tags: Boris johnson, Campaigning, Canvassing, London, Mayor

18 May 2011

Boris Johnson leads country in jobs drive

Mayor Boris Johnson is set to meet his target of creating 3,000 apprenticeships throughout the GLA group and its suppliers by 2012.

It comes as figures show in the last year more than 1,100 people joined apprenticeship schemes run by the GLA Group and its contractors, while Boris has also ensured jobs for more than 1,000 unemployed people in the past 12 months by requiring GLA suppliers to deliver job and training opportunities as part of the conditions of winning a contract.

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Categories: jobs and skills, London | Tags: Apprenticeships, Boris johnson, Gla, Jobs, London, Mayor, Skills

05 May 2011

Londoners back booze ban

Nearly 90% of Londoners support Boris Johnson's alcohol ban on public transport, according to new research.
Introduced by Mayor Johnson as one of his first acts in 2008, the booze ban has helped make journeys safer, more pleasant and has reduced the numbers of assaults on Tube staff. Since taking office in 2008, crime on buses is down by 30% and on the Underground and DLR by 25%. The number of assaults on staff fell by 15% between the introduction of the ban in 2008 and 2011.

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Categories: London, transport | Tags: Alcohol ban, Boris johnson, London, Transport, Underground

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