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

24 February 2012

London needs you - today!

Boris Backers are a dedicated bunch. You're working every day of the week, pounding the streets of London and taking to social media, to get the word out about Boris's achievements.

Thousands of volunteers are delivering leaflets; using our activist dashboard to write letters to the editor, Tweet achievements, recruit their friends and create campaign events; giving out flyers at stations; knocking on doors and making calls to voters.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, economy, Get Involved, jobs and skills, London, transport | Tags: Activist, Boris backers, Cutting crime, Dashboard, Jobs, Value for money, Volunteer

01 February 2012

Boris: Help me cut your council tax

Now more than ever, the responsibility of any Mayor is to treat every penny of Londoners' money with care. Because it's not my money. It's yours. 

And it will only ever be used on the things that take London forward. To invest in transport infrastructure, put more police on the streets, make the Olympics a success and build more affordable housing.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Fighting London's corner, London | Tags: Council tax cut, Council tax freeze, Value for money

26 January 2012

Ken Livingstone's Assembly allies vote against Mayor's budget, council tax freeze

Yesterday, Ken Livingstone's allies on the London Assembly - led by his Deputy Mayoral running mate Val Shawcross - voted against Boris Johnson's budget, which delivers a fourth council tax freeze in a row and secures 1,000 extra police officers by May 2012.

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Categories: crime, economy | Tags: Budget, Council tax, Police on the streets, Value for money

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

12 January 2012

Help Boris deliver 4th council tax freeze

Londoners voted for Boris as their Mayor on the promise of providing value for money and keeping your taxes low.

And he has delivered. Boris has frozen his share of your council tax for 3 years in a row. This has helped many Londoners who suffered 8 years of rises under Ken Livingstone, costing the average household almost £1,000.

Mayor Johnson has now published his draft budget so you can see exactly where your money is going to be spent.

Again he wants to freeze your council tax - for the fourth year in a row.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Fighting London's corner, Get Involved, London | Tags: Council tax freeze, London assembley, 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

13 December 2011

Heading in the right direction

I’ve lived in Stroud Green in Haringey for ten years now and I love it here.  Though one of the few downsides is the local council. For years has clobbered us with a hefty council tax bill, without much thought for value for money. And before Boris became mayor, the mayor’s share of council tax was going up and up.

So it has been a welcome relief that Boris has been able to put a stop to that - freezing his share for three years in a row.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, Fighting London's corner, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Bendy bus, Council tax freeze, Haringey, New bus for london, Stroud green, Tottenham, Value for money