20 March 2012

Creating 200,000 new jobs

Mayor Boris Johnson today outlined his plan to create 200,000 new jobs over the next four years.

Speaking at the GBE Services manufacturing plant in Bexley, Boris elaborated on point 3 of his 9 point plan for a Greater London, highlighting that investment is at the heart of his strategy for job creation in Greater London.

By Boris Johnson

Londoners are going through one of the toughest periods in recent memory. This is made worse by the fact that London has always been an expensive city to live in.

Even during the good times, people were feeling the squeeze. This was made more acute by City Hall council tax rises under Ken Livingstone of 152% that cost the average London household an extra £964 and record increases in fares by him, despite promises there wouldn’t be.

This election comes at a critical time for London. The decisions we make now will determine whether the lives of Londoners improve and whether we will get through the tough times.

Above all, what Londoners need is jobs.

That’s the real answer to the rising cost of living and the uncertainty we all face. We need those in a job to feel secure in it. And we need those without a job to stand a much better chance of landing one.

This is why point 3 of my 9 point plan to secure Greater London’s future is to create 200,000 jobs over the next four years.

How will we deliver this? By investing. Investing in transport infrastructure, local high streets, house building and a true Olympic legacy.

In total my plan to create 200,000 jobs is made possible by around £25 billion worth of investment that I have secured for London.

But this investment – and the jobs it creates – would be put at risk if Ken

Livingstone wins on 3 May.

He has already admitted that his scheme would take £1bn of funding away from the transport budget and independent experts have confirmed that London’s transport finances would be put at risk.

And further investment for London would be at risk from a man who could not even work constructively with his own party when they were in government.

That is the choice at this election. Between my 9 point plan that is investing in jobs or a return to Ken Livingstone, who will take London back to his waste, high taxes, broken promises and Bob Crow and his union cronies back at City Hall.

Click below to download Boris Johnson's Jobs Plan

Boris Johnson's Jobs Plan for London

Categories: Campaign Updates, economy, jobs and skills, London | Tags: 9 point plan, Crossrail, Enterprise zone, Greenwich peninsula, Growth, Investment, Jobs, Point 3, Royal docks, Skills, Tube upgrade

13 March 2012

Crossrail speeds ahead

Boris Johnson today revealed the first of eight Crossrail tunnel boring machines that will carve 21km of twin-tunnels under London.

The 150 metre, 1,000 tonne machines will start tunnelling from Royal Oak Portal in west London to Farringdon via Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road next week.

Crossrail is going forward after Boris’s successful lobbying of central government to protect the funding during tough economic times.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, economy, jobs and skills, London, transport | Tags: Bond street, Crossrail, Economy, Farringdon, Jobs, Royal oak, Tottenham court road, Tube upgrade

04 January 2012

More jobs for Londoners

New figures today reveal there has been a rise in the number of Londoners employed in the last four years in a massive boost to London's economy.

According to research by the Financial Times, employment in the capital has grown by 2.9% since the first quarter of 2008. At the same time, economic output has also grown.

The growth parallels Boris’s record since May 2008 as Mayor – fighting for investment and creating jobs in the capital.

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Categories: Fighting London's corner, jobs and skills, London, transport, economy | Tags: Crossrail, Economy, Housing, Jobs, Tube upgrade

03 January 2012

Investing to grow London’s economy

Boris Backers were out across the capital today, talking to Londoners and leafleting at stations to get the word out about Mayor Johnson's plans to create jobs and grow the capital's economy.

In a world city we need to keep investing, or we stand still as our rivals overtake us. For years transport investment was neglected, but thanks to record investment under Boris Johnson we are creating jobs now and in the future.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, jobs and skills, London, transport | Tags: Crossrail, Jobs, Transport, Tube upgrade

14 December 2011

Improvements in Barnet

I shall be backing Boris Johnson again in the 2012 Mayoral Election because, as a pensioner and a resident of the London Borough of Barnet since 1964, I have noticed the improvements in this area since he became Mayor of London.

By freezing council tax again, again and again he’s really helping those on a tight budget cope with rising bills and the ever increasing prices in the shops. Scrapping the wasteful Londoner newspaper to help keep tax down really is the kind of thing we want our Mayor to do.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, Fighting London's corner, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Barnet, Council tax freeze, Norther line, Police on the streets, Tube upgrade

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

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

15 April 2011

WATCH: Boris takes a tour of District Line upgrade work

After cancelling Labour's disastrous PPP contract, Boris Johnson has overseen the biggest investment in London's transport in 80 years. Take a look to see what's happening.

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Categories: London, transport | Tags: Achievements, London, Transport, Tube upgrade