As the world’s great cities recover from the financial meltdown, decisions made now will define those metropolises for years to come.
That is why, whichever part of the country you live in, we need you to help us shape Greater London and our country’s future. Your support is vital to ensure that London is not dragged backwards under Ken and driven deeper into deficit by Labour.
It will not be an easy road. Labour leader, Ed Miliband, has called it ‘the most important election in the next 3 years’, while Ken, marching alongside Bob Crow and the unions bosses, is casting himself as the standard bearer for Labour’s attempted march back to No 10. There is no doubt that from now until the 3rd May 2012 Ed, Ken and their union backers will throw every resource into wresting back control of our capital.
But with your help we can stop them in their tracks. By simply picking up your phone and making a few calls to voters in London telling them of what we have achieved at City Hall you can help us drive London forward.
While there remains more to be done I am confident in our record at City Hall and proud of how far we have come since I became Mayor in 2008.
Forging a first rate team at City Hall we have fought to cement London’s position as one of the best places in the world to live and do business. We have cut waste, frozen our share of your council tax and are making savings in the cost of London Government by £2.4billion. And, we’ve done all of this while delivering critical front line services. We have put more police on the streets bringing crime down by almost 9% and making London the safest it has been for over a decade. And we haven’t stopped there. We are investing in our future with the biggest upgrade of London’s transport for 80 years, including building Crossrail.
Oh, and did I mention that we are delivering the Olympics on time and on budget? Well, we are. The eyes of the world were firmly on Britain during the royal wedding. We passed that test with flying colours and we must do the same again next year when we host the greatest show on earth.
There is indeed much to look forward to. But we must not become complacent and forget the tough economic times we face. Yes, the Olympics will be a celebratory sporting extravaganza but they are also a symbol of Britain’s growth which must span beyond the 29 days of the Games. Without them, our construction industry would have gone into cryogenic paralysis. But with them, we can continue to lead the way out of the recession by exploiting the economic power of the Games and ensuring a lasting legacy for all.