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Back Boris for Leap Year!

February 29, 2012

Dear Paul,

On this Leap Day, we’re asking you to make an important commitment that will have a major impact on your future… and the future of all Londoners.

Please pledge to vote for Mayor Boris Johnson on 3rd May: www.backboris2012.com/pledge

There are only 64 days to go until Londoners head to the polls to elect the next Mayor of London. As Boris supporters, you know how much is at stake.

The return of Ken Livingstone means a return to waste, high taxes, broken promises and Bob Crow and his cronies back at City Hall.

Times are tough, but Boris Johnson’s fresh and honest approach at City Hall is showing signs of progress. By ending the waste and mismanagement of the previous Mayor, Boris has freed up the money to pay for a strong plan for the future.

Boris’s Greater London plan is:

  • Putting 1,000 more police officers on the street and cutting crime by over 10%
  • Cutting council tax, having frozen it for the last three years saving the average household £445
  • Investing £22bn in transport infrastructure, creating 32,000 jobs, linking our suburbs and cutting tube delays by 30% over the next three years
  • Investing £221m in local high streets, supporting small businesses

It is imperative to protect this progress. We must not leave our future to chance. We must ensure that Boris gets another four years in office to build on his achievements and deliver his full Greater London Plan.

When it comes down to it, putting a cross next to Boris Johnson’s name on 3rd May is the most important action you can take. If you don’t vote, London’s future is at risk.

For this reason, I am asking you to please pledge to vote for Boris on 3rd May.

Take the pledge: www.backboris2012.com/pledge

Thank you for your continued support. Together, we will win this election and help Boris keep London moving forward to secure a Greater London.
Thanks for your support,

Lynton Crosby
BackBoris2012 Campaign Director

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Richard permalink
    March 4, 2012 2:40 am

    “Cutting council tax, having frozen it for the last three years saving the average household £445″

    And how do you work that one out? If you’ve cut it over the past three years, why hasn’t my council tax gone down since its 2008 level?

    Ah, I see, you base your calculation on some kind of imaginary rate at which the council tax might have increased if central government hadn’t coughed up the difference out of my taxes.

    Nice try at a bit of mathematical sleight of hand, BoJo, but it’s so transparent I recommend you stick to the Latin to bamboozle the electorate.

    • March 5, 2012 12:30 am

      Hi Richard,
      Two things. The Council Tax you pay is made up of two elements. The larger of the two is the amount levied by the Lib Dem controlled Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. The remainder is the Greater London precept levied by the Mayor and collected by Kingston. Under Livingstone the precept increased every year from 200 to 2008. Boris has pegged it at the 2008 level. If it had risen at the rate Livingstone was imposing year on year the precept element would now stand £445 higher than it does. I have never heard Livingstone either apologise for his earlier profligacy or promise to do better in future.
      From 2008 to last year increases in our CT were the responsibility of the Lib Dem controlled Kingston Borough Council. I remember my last Budget Council as a Cllr in 2010, when Osbourne and his chums were congratulating themselves on the lowest increase in years. They failed to mention the part Boris had played in bringing that about by freezing the precept for (at that time) the second year running. They have now concluded that it is electorally advantageous to them to copy Boris’s example, as I tried to persuade them to do in my speech at that Council meeting.
      Clearer now?

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