Before the 2008 mayoral election Tory Boris Johnson made youth knife crime the issue that defined his campaign.
His manifesto promised Londoners:
“I will make it a policing priority to tackle knife and gun crime and not accept defeat.”
The day after the election he went as far as to say:
“It is the job of me as Mayor to lead the fightback against it (knife crime) and that is what I want to do.”
Yet, four years later, figures uncovered by the London Assembly Labour Group show youth knife crime has increased by a staggering 23% since Boris Johnson was elected.
So why should Londoners trust the Tory Mayor on crime?
This is the man who:
- Abdicated responsibility for crime in this city – promising to Chair to Met Police but leaving after just 20 months,
- Cut police numbers instead of crime, and
- Covered up the evidence when his crime policies were shown to be ineffective.
Last night Tory Boris Johnson told the Sky News Mayoral Husting:
“Do you want a mayor who breaks his promises or one who keeps them?”
The facts speak for themselves; you cannot trust this Tory Mayor.