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

04 April 2012

Fact Check: Ken Livingstone's Crime Manifesto

Ken Livingstone launched his crime manifesto today, but yet again he is making false claims and empty promises.

And despite his claim not to be engaging in negative campaigning, his manifesto mentions Boris Johnson 17 times in a 19-page document.

Ken Livingstone’s latest false claims on crime:

  • Police numbers. Despite Ken Livingstone claims about cuts, official Met data shows there will be 1,000 more police officers on the beat than Boris Johnson inherited. According to the Met, there are 209 new officers coming on board in April, bringing the total officer numbers to 32,468 – well over a thousand above the 31,398 Boris inherited.
  • Safer Neighbourhood Teams. Ken Livingstone claims that Boris has cut the number of officers in Safer Neighbourhood Teams (Ken Livingstone campaign, Press Release, 4 April 2012). However, the Metropolitan Police have confirmed that there has not been a reduction in the number of PCs and PCSOs within Safer Neighbourhood Teams (MPS Website, ‘Safer Neighbourhoods’, link).
  • Crime rates. Crime is coming down under Boris:
    • Total crime has been cut by 10.8 per cent (MOPC, Monthly Report: Police and Crime Committee, 8 March 2012). Comparing 45 months of Ken Livingstone (Aug 04 – Apr 08) with 45 months of Boris Johnson (May 08 – Jan 12).
    • Robberies are down 16.3 per cent (ibid.).
    • Murders are down by 25.9 per cent (ibid.).
    • Youth violence is down by 13.8 per cent since 2008 (MOPC Statistics).
    • Bus crime is down by 32.9 per cent (MOPC, Monthly Report: Police and Crime Committee, 8 March 2012, 45 month comparison).
    • Violence on buses is down by 21 per cent (TfL, Crime and Anti Social Behaviour Statistical Bulletin, Q2 11/12, Table 2.1, link).
    • Tube crime is down by 20 per cent (TfL, Press Release, 21 February 2011, link).
  • Knife crime.  Ken Livingstone claims that knife crime has risen every year for the past three years (Ken Livingstone, Crime Manifesto, link). In fact, across London knife crime fell by 1.2 per cent in 2009/10 (MPS, Annual Report 2008/09, p. 23, link; MPS Website, link).

 

Ken Livingstone’s previous false claims on crime:

Ken Livingstone’s claim:  Ken Livingstone claimed that crime has ‘sort of flatlined’ under Boris Johnson (BBC TV, London News, 4 January 2012, link).

The truth:  Using a direct comparison with Ken Livingstone’s period in office, crime has fallen by 10.8 per cent under Boris Johnson (MOPC, Monthly Report: Police and Crime Committee, 8 March 2012, link. Comparing 45 months of Ken Livingstone (August 2004 – April 2008) with 45 months of Boris Johnson (May 2008 – January 2012)..  From August 2004 to April 2008 there were 3,486,028 offences reported in London.  Between May 2008 and January 2012 there were 3,110,245 offences reported – a fall of 10.8 per cent).

 

Ken Livingstone claim: In the last year there has been an 8 per cent increase in murders (Ken Livingstone, BBC London, 26 March 2012). 

The truth:  Taking a rolling 12 month period, murder is down by 24.1 per cent in the 12 months to February 2012 when compared to the 12 months previously (Metropolitan Police Website, ‘Latest Crime Figures for London’, link; Metropolitan Police Website, ‘Crime Mapping: Data Tables’, link).

 

Ken Livingstone is making promises on police he knows he cannot keep

Safer Neighbourhood Teams – every team or just some?

  • Ken Livingstone won’t say whether these will be PCs or PCSOs or whether he will boost every Safer Neighbourhood Team. He just says ‘more’ SNTs will be increased to 9 officers (Ken Livingstone, Crime Manifesto, p.7). 
  • By contrast Boris has said how he will to boost every Safer Neighbourhood Team with 2,000 more police, including up to 3 more police officers per team. If re-elected, Boris Johnson will work with the Commissioner to deliver a massive boost to Safer Neighbourhood Teams, with an additional 2,000 police, including adding up to three police officers, to every team. Each team will also get three Special Constables to further boost police presence in our neighbourhoods (Boris Johnson, Crime Manifesto, 2 April 2012).

 

1,700 more police officers – where’s the money coming from?

Ken Livingstone fails to explain how he will fund the extra officers. He says he will:

  • Make TfL pay the full cost of the Safer Transport Command – but they already do. ‘Ensure that Transport for London pays the full cost of the Safer Transport Command (£80 million over the Mayoral term)’ (ibid.). But The Safer Transport Command is already fully funded by TfL (MPA, Finance and Resources Committee: Report 9, 17 June 2010, link).
  • Make efficiencies at Scotland Yard, such as cutting first class travel – but Ken Livingstone charged City Hall £66,000 in expenses when he was mayor. ‘Work with the Commissioner to ensure that all possible efficiencies are found at Scotland Yard, including non- essential spending on such things as chauffeur driven cars and first-class travel’ (Ken Livingstone campaign, Press Release, 4 April 2012). Ken Livingstone charged City Hall £66,000 in expenses when he was mayor, including £6,404 on 1st class flights to Florida (Mail on Sunday, 1 April 2012).

 

Ken Livingstone’s record on crime 

  • Under Ken Livingstone violent crime increased. Violent crime in London went up 11.2 per cent between 2000/01 and 2007/08 (MPS, Crime Figures 2000-2008, link).
  • Under Ken Livingstone drug crime more than doubled. Drug crime in London increased by 201.6 per cent between 2000/01 and 2007/08 (MPS, Crime Figures 2000-2008, link).
  • Under Ken Livingstone actual bodily harm almost doubled. Cases of ABH in London increased by 30,641 between 2000/01 and 2007/08, a rise of 84 per cent (MPS, Crime Figures 2000-2008, link).
  • Under Ken Livingstone harassment almost doubled. Cases of Harassment in London increased by 20,909 between 2000/01 and 2007/08, a rise of 88.9 per cent (MPS, Crime Figures 2000-2008, link).
  • Under Ken Livingstone Tube crime increased. Between 2001/02 and 2007/08 public disorder offences increase by 521 per cent, violent crime was up by 56 per cent and drug crime was up by 128 per cent (British Transport Police, Statistical Bulletin 2002/03 – 2007/08, link).
  • Under Ken Livingstone bus crime increased. The London Assembly Transport Committee found at the beginning of 2008 that overall crime on buses had increased by over 17 per cent between 2004/05 and 2005/06 (London Assembly Transport Committee, Crime and Disorder on London’s Buses, January 2008, p.8, link).
  • Under Ken Livingstone violence on buses increased by 9%. At the start of his second term in 04/05 violence against the person stood at 7,712 offences (Transport for London, Crime and anti social behaviour statistics bulletin Q1 07/08, Table 2.1, link). By the end of his second term in 07/08 violence against the person stood at 8,400 offences; a rise of 9% (Ibid. Q1 08/09, Table 2.1, link).

Categories: Campaign Updates, crime | Tags: Crime, Ken livingstone, Manifesto

02 April 2012

My Crime Manifesto

"Fighting Crime in London" - Boris Johnson's Crime Manifesto

Today I'm launching my crime manifesto and I wanted you to be one of the first to read it.

The first duty of the Mayor is to protect Londoners. 

When I was elected, I inherited a police force in need of strong leadership, where officers were tied to their desks by unnecessary paperwork. 27 teenagers had been murdered in 2007, but the response from City Hall was weak. Violent crime had increased, drug crime had more than doubled and public disorder offences on the tube had increased by 521%. 

I promised to work to turn things around. By bringing fresh leadership to the Metropolitan Police Service, working with all London’s boroughs, and Londoners whatever their background and politics, we have made a good start.

Comparing my term against that of my predecessor: There are 1,000 extra warranted officers on the London’s streets now than there were in May 2008. Total crime has been cut by 10.8%. Murders have decreased by 25.9%, with the lowest rate since 1978. Youth violence has decreased by 13.8%, with the number of youth murders almost halving. Over 11,000 knives have been taken off the streets. Robberies are down by 16.3%. And bus crime has fallen by 30% since I put 697 extra police on our tube and buses and introduced with a ban on alcohol on the Transport for London network.   

For all this hard work, last year’s riots show the full scale of the challenges we still face.

I will:

  • Work with the Commissioner to deliver a massive boost to Safer Neighbourhood Teams, with an additional 2,000 police, including adding up to three police officers, to every team. Each team will also get three Special Constables to further boost police presence in our neighbourhoods.
  • Maintain the extra 1,000 police officers I have put on the street.
  • Double the number of Special Constables to 10,000 and offer, for the first time in Greater London, a 50% rebate on the Mayor’s share of council tax to Special Constables.
  • Establish a Safer Neighbourhood Board in every borough giving local Londoners and victims a greater voice in setting policing priorities, with a £1million fund across London.
  • Lobby for legislation to allow me to introduce a direct entry scheme to the Met.
  • Give local people a direct say in Community Payback.
  • Establish a new Sentencing Unit for London with a focus on violence, especially knife crime.
  • Maintain funding for the extra police on the transport network which is at risk under Ken Livingstone’s plans to take £1.14bn out of the transport budget.
  • Double the size of the Met’s Status Dogs Unit and seek tougher sentences for those using dogs as weapons in Greater London.

And of course all of this is to be set against the backdrop of the biggest policing operation in living memory with the Olympic and Paralympic Games, alongside the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. I will work closely with the Commissioner and his team to ensure we achieve the twin tasks of keeping the city safe and securing the 2012 Games.

We have made progress despite difficult times. At the Mayoral election on 3rd May this progress is at risk. The choice at this election is between taking London backwards, and my plan to ensure we have the resources to maintain the extra 1,000 police numbers I have put on the street, so that London is not just safer, but also feels safer. 

I hope I can count on your support on 3rd May.

Boris Johnson

PS: If you haven't already, please sign our Backers Map to show your support for what we've already achieved and what we plan to do in the next four years: www.backboris2012.com/#backing

Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, London, quality of life | Tags: Crime, Knives, Met, Police, Safer neighbourhood board, Special constables

03 March 2012

My 9 point plan for London

I hope I am not normally seen as a pessimistic sort of character, but at the Mayoral election on May 3rd I am afraid I see real risks for this city.

The election comes at a critical time for London. Londoners are going through one of the most difficult periods in recent memory. Despite this, we're making progress. Progress that would be put at risk if we were to take the wrong turn now.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London | Tags: 9 point plan, Crime, Greater london, Jobs, Number 10, Olympic legacy, Tube, Value for money

02 March 2012

£3.5m to further cut youth re-offending rates

As part of his vision for a safer London, Mayor Boris Johnson has announced £3.5 million of funding to further address youth re-offending over the next three years.

The grant will help support 14-17 year olds who have been remanded or sentenced to custody as they transition to release, motivating them to take advantage of educational opportunities, training and employment prospects.

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Categories: crime, London, youth | Tags: Crime, Feltham, Heron unit, London, Re-offending

10 February 2012

Boris and Met crack down on gangs

In an unprecedented strike against gang violence, Boris Johnson announced a new task force on Wednesday specifically dedicated to eradicating gang violence across London. The 1,000 strong London Gangs Task Force will monitor gang activity and work throughout London boroughs.

Officers got straight to work at dawn Wednesday morning. In their first day of activity, more than 300 raids took place. They made more than 200 arrests and executed over 150 arrest warrants. Officers seized items including 1kg of heroin, cocaine, firearms and £34,000 in cash amongst other contraband.

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Categories: crime, Fighting London's corner, London | Tags: Crime, Gangs task force, The met

30 January 2012

Boris secures £90m to keep police numbers high

Mayor Boris Johnson has secured £90m to keep police numbers high on London's streets, despite the harsh economic climate.

The grant from the Home Office follows last week's news that 700 new police officers will be sworn in over the next two months. And with this increase, the number of police on London’s streets will top 32,320 by March 31 – meaning that under Boris Johnson, there will be 1,000 more police officers on the streets.

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Categories: crime, Fighting London's corner, London | Tags: Crime, Police on the streets

24 January 2012

£1 a day to keep Ken away

There are 100 days to go until Londoners head to the polls to vote for their Mayor.

We're in for a tough fight to stop London being taken backwards.

To compete with Ken Livingstone's union funded and controlled campaign, I need your help.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, economy, Fighting London's corner, Get Involved, jobs and skills, London, Olympics, quality of life, sport, transport | Tags: £1 a day, Council tax, Crime, Investment, Jobs, Olympics, Record, Transport, Value for money

19 December 2011

Taking Richmond in the right direction

By John Ffooks, Richmond resident

Richmond is one of those outer London Boroughs so neglected by the previous incumbent in City Hall. Living in Zone 4 and seeing how we were treated just made we wonder if that was our lot in life - high Council Tax and poor services. Now that we have Boris in charge Zone 4 is valued as highly as Zone 1.

For example, I use the bus a lot to get around the borough and it's clear to see how Boris has made people's lives easier and better: from easy on-off kerbside bus access for the less mobile, to countdown displays for every stop so you always know how long you'll have to wait. Sadly, Boris hasn't been able to change London's weather, but fingers crossed for the second term.

Added to that, I can now top up my pay-as-you-go Oyster on overground rail for my occasional ventures into the centre of town – only possible because Boris leant so heavily on the train operating companies to look after passenger interests not just their own. And when I do go into town and am rushing for an appointment, I know I can afford to take a cab because the traffic lights have been re-sequenced and I won’t pay just to sit in traffic.

It goes on: my Council Tax is down in real terms, and he’s not littering the streets with The Londoner, Ken Livingstone's propaganda sheet which we all paid for but no one ever read. There are more bobbies on the beat too, which as a father of young children is a real comfort. And there will be more activities for my children as they grow up thanks to Boris’ Olympic legacy – even out in Richmond!

But the best thing about Boris is that he does more with less. If that isn’t worth turning out to support, nothing is.

Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, quality of life, transport | Tags: Bus, Crime, Oyster, Richmond, Transport, Value for money

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