2008 Manifesto: Making London’s Mayor Accountable

Please see below for a sample of several of the pledges in this section of the 2008 Manifesto. For the full list of pledges, please download the complete Progress Report.

Giving Londoners Their Say

Working closely with locally-elected Councillors

"I will work closely and co-operate with locally-elected Councillors instead of bullying and berating them."
Status Update: Delivered

Mayor Boris Johnson meets with the leaders of London boroughs twice a year at the London Congress (link). At the April 29th 2009 meeting of the London Congress, Boris agreed with London’s Borough Leaders to the London City Charter, a ground-breaking new agreement that sets out how the GLA, the boroughs and their delivery partners will work together to ensure that London’s public services continue to improve and to be delivered as efficiently as possible (link). Boris has a strong relationship with local councils, of all political colours, which has enabled him to achieve more for London including the redevelopment of Stratford and East London (link).

Holding regular meetings with business leaders

“I will hold regular meetings with business leaders, so businesses large and small can have direct, personal contact with the Mayor."
Status Update: Delivered

Mayor Boris Johnson pledged to hold meetings with businesses at least every six months. Boris has far exceeded his goal, holding 106 meetings on business issues, including 8 meetings with the London Business Advisory Council alongside many meetings with individuals (link). This has enabled Boris to listen and respond to the concerns of small businesses, leading to the creation of the £50 million Outer London Fund (link). Boris has also been able to negotiate good deals for Londoners such as securing private sponsorship for the cycle hire scheme and cycle superhighways (link).

Communicating in plain English

"I will communicate in plain English and listen to the results of consultations."
Status Update: Delivered

Mayor Boris Johnson pledged that he would listen to Londoners and he has done just that. After a consultation, Boris scrapped the Western Extension Zone for the Congestion Charge (WEZ) in line with the wishes of residents, businesses and other organisations. The last day of charging was 24 December 2010 (link). Boris has taken action to ‘communicate in plain English’ and simplify GLA Group publications. For example, the London Underground house manual is being reduced from 1,200 to just 400 pages (link). This is in stark contrast to Ken Livingstone who imposed the WEZ despite 63 per cent of residents and 72 per cent of businesses opposing the scheme (link).

More Public Question Times

“I will hold more Public Question Times, where Londoners will be able to directly question the Mayor.”
Status Update: Delivered

Mayor Boris Johnson has been delighted to hold more public meetings. Between November 2008 and November 2011, Boris held 7 People’s Question Times (link). In addition, other platforms have been created to work alongside People’s Question Times, such as the 3 Talk London events and the 9 Mayor’s Consultation meetings on specific issues important to Londoners held so far. As Mayor, Boris has held 19 meetings inviting constituents to question him and raise the issues that matter most to them (link). This is more in 4 years than the 16 which Ken Livingstone held in his two terms in office (link).

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