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 Tower Hamlets hundreds of pounds a year more than in 2008.

The Mayor claims there are 39 more police in Tower Hamlets. But official Met figures show he has cut the number of officers by 76 in the last two years.

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.”

On his re-election website Boris Johnson has made claims that do not stack up:

Police Numbers

The mayor’s re-election website claims there are 39 more police officers in Tower Hamlets and almost 1,000 more police officers in London’s boroughs

  • But official Met figures show there are 4 fewer officers in Tower Hamlets and only 19 more officers across London today than when Boris was elected.
  • In the last two years Tower Hamlets has lost 76 officers and London has lost almost 1,500 borough-based officers

Crime

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 Tower Hamlets, Wounding, GBH and Burglary 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.

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Notes

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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