No justification for Tube strikes says Assembly

7 MARCH 2012

London Assembly Members today put pressure on trade unions to withdraw the threat of industrial action on the Tube over pay.

Members agreed an amended motion that expresses disappointment with the Mayor’s failure to reach a ‘no-strike’ deal, and urges him to resolve any differences with the unions through direct negotiation, rather than through confrontation in the media.

Richard Tracey AM, who proposed the original motion, said:

Mayor urged to endorse ‘Fair Pay Mark’

7 MARCH 2012

The London Assembly today called on the Mayor to put a fair pay ratio policy in place to help reduce pay inequality across London.

A motion agreed by Assembly Members urges the Mayor to endorse a ‘Fair Pay Mark’ for organisations that commit to reducing or limiting the difference between their highest and lowest paid staff – and ensure City Hall leads by example.

Darren Johnson AM, who proposed the motion, said;

Are London’s blue light services ready for Summer 2012?

7 MARCH 2012

Have the emergency services done enough to ensure ‘business as usual’ during the Games? What impact will Olympic traffic restrictions have on emergency response times? And what lessons have been learned from handling the riots in August last year?

Assembly questions MOPC and Deputy Met Commissioner

7 MARCH 2012

The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee will tomorrow question Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Kit Malthouse AM and Deputy Metropolitan Police Commissioner Craig Mackey.

Questions will be informed by the MOPC monthly report to the Committee and will include the following subjects:

News from Darren Johnson: Mayor of London falls £60m short on climate change

7 MARCH 2012

Abstract: Figures obtained by Darren Johnson show that the Mayor will only have spent £40m on climate change programmes by the end of March 2012, compared to the £100m previously announced.

News from Dee Doocey - LOCOG’s excessive secrecy on Olympic tickets is shameful

7 MARCH 2012

Dee Doocey, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Olympic spokesperson, commenting on the replies provided by Lord Coe, Chair of LOCOG and Paul Deighton, Chief Executive of LOCOG, to her questions today about the lack of transparency over Olympic tickets said:

"LOCOG ongoing secrecy over Olympic tickets is shameful. They have already sold over 7 million tickets and there is no reason at all why they could not publish today the full details about the price of tickets already sold for each and every Olympic event.

News from Jenny Jones: 90% of McDonald’s chicken at London Games to be imported

7 MARCH 2012

Abstract: Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, admitted at today’s London Assembly meeting that only ten percent of chicken to be served by McDonald’s at the 2012 Games, is likely to be from UK farms.

Sebastian Coe, the Chair of the London Olympic and Paralympic organising committee, LOCOG, today admitted that McDonald’s, the official 2012 London Games food sponsor, will only source 10% of its chicken from UK farmers. The answer was obtained by London Assembly Member Jenny Jones at the London Assembly Plenary meeting, on Wednesday 7th March.

NEWS FROM JOHN BIGGS; Hopes Dashed for Relaxation of Olympic Route Restrictions

7 MARCH 2012

Hopes have been dashed yet again for thousands of people who have to travel on East London’s roads during the Olympics who were told rules would be relaxed.  Despite further representations by Local London Assembly Member John Biggs, the Mayor and Transport for London have refused to relax the banned right hand turns or to re-instate pedestrian crossings on the Olympic Road Network and a scaling back of operating hours will not apply to any of East London’s roads.

News from Jenny Jones: Drivers with 12 or more points still on the road

7 MARCH 2012

Abstract: More than 2,800 drivers with 12 or more points on their licence are still permitted to drive in London

There are more than 2,800 drivers with 12 or more points on their licence who are still permitted to drive in London, according to figures from the DVLA. The figures also show that there is one person with a shocking 30 points, with current entitlement to drive.

Mayor sets out potential to save up to £1bn off Londoners’ energy bills

7 MARCH 2012

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has described how up to £1bn could be saved on energy bills by Londoners and businesses in the capital over the next four years. He set out the potential savings while announcing the winner of the inaugural Mayor’s Low Carbon Prize, at a ceremony at City Hall.

The £20,000 award, sponsored by Berkeley Group, was launched to inspire the next generation of students to come up with innovative ideas for cutting carbon emissions in the city.