NEWS FROM JOHN BIGGS: Mayor Johnson's record challenged by John Biggs AM

23 FEBRUARY 2012

Boris Johnson this week came under pressure from local Assembly member John Biggs over his record as Mayor. John said the Mayor had broken his promises on youth violence, easing the financial burden on Londoners and increasing police numbers.

Met policing plan and police budget 2012/13

22 FEBRUARY 2012

The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee will tomorrow examine the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) draft policing plan for 2012-15 and its budget for the year ahead.

The policing plan outlines MPS priorities, the performance framework against which it will be judged, and how its budget will be spent.

The Committee will question the following guests at the meeting:

Mayor Boris Johnson marks the start of Lent

22 FEBRUARY 2012

In recognition of the importance of Ash Wednesday to London’s Christians the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today released a statement:

Mayor welcomes new police officers as London’s frontline expands to 32,320

22 FEBRUARY 2012

The Mayor today welcomed new Metropolitan Police Service recruits as he visited trainees in Richmond set to become fully warranted police officers, which will boost London’s policing strength to 32,320 by the end of March 2012. EndsThe centre is one of five regional MPS learning centres and students par

News from Dee Doocery: Mayor's support for end to secrecy over Olympic tickets must mean action

22 FEBRUARY 2012

Dee Doocey, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Olympic spokesperson, commenting on the Mayor’s response to her question this morning about the secrecy over the sale of Olympic tickets by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) said:

"I am delighted that the Mayor supports the London Assembly's call for transparency from LOCOG.    In particular I welcome the fact that he has agreed to try to persuade LOCOG at the next Olympic Board meeting to immediately release the information.

Action needed on childcare costs to stop Londoners being locked out of work, says Assembly

22 FEBRUARY 2012

Action is needed to prevent London parents being locked out of employment because of ‘eye-wateringly high’[1]  childcare costs, a new report[2] from the London Assembly says today.

Tackling childcare affordability by the Assembly’s Health and Public Services Committee, says childcare costs in the capital are up to a third higher than elsewhere in the UK[3] - an average of £119 a week for a child under two years old. 

Mayor’s Question Time at City Hall

21 FEBRUARY 2012

London Assembly Members will tomorrow question Mayor of London Boris Johnson for two and a half hours.

Subjects for questioning include:

  • London Living Wage for the 2012 Games
  • Gathering of information for the BackBoris2012 website
  • Cycle safety on London’s roads
  • Tackling youth and gang crime in London

The meeting will also consider the wording of a Loyal Address to be delivered by the Greater London Authority to The Queen on the occasion of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.

Blur to headline 'BT London Live' concert

21 FEBRUARY 2012




Crossrail and London’s major future rail projects on the agenda

20 FEBRUARY 2012

The London Assembly Transport Committee will tomorrow question rail chiefs about progress on Crossrail[1] and other major projects and upgrades intended to improve rail services and boost capacity.

From 10am: Crossrail

Committee Members will question the following guests about issues including: timescales and risks; procurement and supplier capacity; the impact of construction work on local residents and businesses; apprenticeships and the skills legacy; and the challenges of linking Crossrail to existing services:

BT to be headline sponsor of BT London Live

20 FEBRUARY 2012

BT gets London living it up with BT London Live

BT, the Mayor of London, The Royal Parks and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets today announced that BT is the headline sponsor of BT London Live, a huge celebration of sport, music and other entertainment in Hyde Park, Victoria Park and Trafalgar Square this summer as part of the city’s London 2012 celebrations.  BT London Live will be free apart from the Opening and Closing Celebration Concerts at Hyde Park.