News from John Biggs (past staff): 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.

The mayor made tackling youth violence and knife crime a key priority. But according to figures released this week by the Metropolitan Police, the number of knife victims aged under 20 has jumped 23 per cent since he was elected. Serious youth violence, which the Mayor has repeatedly claimed is falling, is also up.

The Mayor claims he has "eased the burden on households". But his fares policies are costing residents in Barking & Dagenham hundreds of pounds a year more than in 2008.

Local London Assembly Member John Biggs said: “Boris Johnson needs to be honest about what is happening in London and the fact is the number of young victims of knife crime has gone up every year since he was elected. It’s just the latest in a whole host of broken Boris promises.”

Police Numbers

The mayor’s re-election website claims there are almost 1,000 more police officers in London’s boroughs

  • But official Met figures show there are only 19 more officers across London today than when Boris was elected.
  • In the last two years Barking &Dagenham has lost 16 officers and London has lost almost 1,500 borough-based officers

The mayor’s re-election website claims there are 362 more police community support in London than when he was elected

  • But, according to official Met figures there are 149 fewer PCSOs across London than when Boris was elected.
  • In the last two years London has lost 921 PCSOs and there are 12 fewer in Barking and Dagenham


The mayor’s re-election website celebrates a fall in overall crime

  • But according to new Met figures the number of young victims of knife crime is up 23 per cent
  • Crime has flatlined – only falling by 4% compared to a 12% cut under Ken Livingstone

In Barking & Dagenham burglary, robbery and car theft have all risen in the past two years

Fare rises

The mayor’s re-election website says he has “eased the burden on households”

  • But anyone who uses public transport is now paying between £200 and £300 more a year in fares than they were in 2008 – around one hundred times more than the £3.10 saving from his council tax cut.



John Biggs is the London Assembly member for City and East, covering the boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Newham, Barking & Dagenham and the City of London.

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