One year into term two

We’d be better off with Larry the Cat running City Hall

It is one year since Boris Johnson was re-elected Mayor of London. During the election campaign he made several high profile commitments, including: 1,000 more police, to “bear down” on fare rises and build 55,000 affordable homes. On all of these main promises Boris has failed to deliver. Leader of the Labour Group on the London Assembly, Len Duvall AM, today said “Boris promised Londoners a better future, all he’s delivered is broken promises”.

In the past year Boris Johnson:

– has raised transport fares above inflation for the fifth year running, despite promising to “bear down on fare rises”

– has cut 1,351 Police Officers and lost 497 Special Constables, despite promising 1,000 more Police Officers and extra Special Constables

– Failed to spend a £110million investment fund for growing London’s economy

– Failed to meet his own target of ending rough sleeping by the end of 2012

– Delivered just 1,672 social housing starts last year, down from 11,329 in the previous year

– Failed to get control of the Tech City Investment Organisation from the government

– Is trying to cut 12 fire stations, 18 fire engines and 520 firefighters, none of which were presented to Londoners prior to May 2012

– Has cut council tax by 1penny a day for a Band D Household – enough to buy a pint once a year

– Delegated major decision and spending powers to unelected political appointees

– And is trying to spend £160,000 on a survey to find out what Londoners think about him

Leader of the Labour Group on the London Assembly, Len Duvall AM, said
“The last year has seen more of the same from Boris – hiking up transport fares, cutting our frontline emergency services and failing to tackle London’s housing crisis. We’ve seen plenty of Boris having private dinners and cosying up with Rupert Murdoch. All the while Londoners are struggling with a dual cost of living and housing crisis. Boris should be putting money in people’s pockets rather than taxing work with his eye-watering fare rises.

“Rather than preening himself in the national media Boris should be using his Mayoral powers to help ordinary Londoners. We are seeing severe cuts to our frontline police and fire services which help keep us all safe and secure. At the same time Boris is doing nothing to tackle the cost of living or housing crises in our city, instead he is making them worse. Let’s hope that his attention doesn’t drift off London anymore, at this rate we’d be better off with Larry the Cat running City Hall – maybe Boris could do a job-swap, at least it would get him into No10.”

This Labour Group press release was originally posted on PoliticsHome

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About nickygavron

Former Deputy Mayor for London, London Assembly Member, Chair of Planning Committee, and Labour Spokesperson for Planning
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One Response to One year into term two

  1. Puzzled says:

    Do increased fares deliberately suppress demand though – to stop the whole system grinding to a halt?

    And provide capital for new infrastructure?

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