This week, I had the pleasure of visiting The Heathland School for a debate on NHS reforms with students hoping to study medicine.
Their presentation was excellent and well thought-through and it confirmed to me the value of getting people involved in politics at a young age. After all, these are matters that affect us all.
On that note, I would like to encourage all Londoners to participate in the London Mayoral elections taking place this week – most importantly by doing all you can to get along to vote at your polling stations on Thursday 3rd May.
I hope that Londoners will vote to keep Boris Johnson as the Mayor of London and I would like to take this opportunity to explain why I will be voting for Boris.
Since his election, Boris has focused on delivering his 2008 manifesto promises, with a 91% success rate on all pledges made.* In particular he has:
* Made London safer – the crime rate is down by 10%, 11,000 knives have been taken off the streets and he has put 1,000 more police on the streets
* Improved our transport network – by bringing in new rules to cut delays from roadworks, cutting tube delays by 40% and securing £4.6 billion over the next four years for tube upgrades, as well as making all London transport safer
* Cut the waste at City Hall – he has cut waste and freed up £3.5 billion for services, as well as cutting the Mayor's share of council tax, saving Londoners on average £445 per household
Much has been achieved, but Boris has made clear he has much more to do. He wants to be there to deliver the transport infrastructure improvements that are underway, create more affordable housing, get on with the job of generating 200,000 new jobs that will flow from investments in transport and housing and reach the goal of 100,000 apprenticeships for Londoners’ young people by the end of the year.
In these challenging times, we need a Mayor who is focused on building the jobs and growth that will bring prosperity to everyone and who will deliver the investment – from central government – that will take London forward. Boris has demonstrated that he is the right person to do this for Londoners.
Boris has visited our area many times to show his support and understanding of the issues and priorities that matter to us. Whether it’s looking into stopping the Piccadilly Line at Turnham Green, addressing parking issues or securing investment for the development of our High Streets, Boris has demonstrated his commitment. Indeed, Hounslow received one of the biggest sums of all London boroughs from the Mayor’s Outer London Fund recently, an investment of some £4.8 million to support regeneration schemes in Brentford and Hounslow.
This is an unprecedented year for London, with The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We should look forward with pride to celebrating all that our amazing city has to offer in this special year and I personally hope that we will continue to have Boris Johnson, at the helm as London Mayor, to guide us towards his vision for an even ‘Greater London’.