Boris has pledged to continue cut waste at City Hall, he's already been busy no longer spending £10,000 on a subscription to the Morning Star. no longer spending £3m a year on a personal propaganda sheet for the Mayor. And he hasn't spent £20,000 on a lunch for Hugo Chavez. Or £30,000 on a trip to Cuba. And by working over the last three years to turn around London's finances, Boris has been able - for the first time in the history of the mayoralty - to cut the mayor's share of council tax. A council tax cut that the Labour party on the Greater London Authority voted against!
Before the last election Boris promised more police as the Met figures confirm the number of warranted police officers is up by over 1000 on the number Boris Johnson inherited from his Labour predecessor. Boris has also seen a fall in crime, confirmed by Ken Livingstone under questioning by Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight. London has a mayor who has kept taxes to a minimum, who has cut waste, who has cut crime and increased the police - in short we have a mayor who keeps his promises in stark contrast to what went before!
Speaking at the campaign launch in Richmond, Boris Johnson said:
"When Londoners have been going through some of the toughest times that we can remember and when the choice is between going back to the high tax, high spending creed of a bunch of taxpayer funded, Châteauneuf-du-Pape swilling, Outer London ignoring, car hating, semi-reformed Trotsyisksts and bendy bus fetishists whose approach to Government helped to get this country into this economic mess;
Or going forward with sensible, moderate and cost-effective government that invests in our future. That creates the conditions for business to grow. And that delivers on its promises.
Because this election is not about who dodges tax and who doesn’t - though I think the answer to that is by now fairly clear. And I hope people will understand why it was necessary to speak bluntly to Ken Livingstone in the lift the other day.
This election is about trust. And to a degree I think it has astonished some of our officials, we in City Hall have kept the promises we made to London four years ago"