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 Newham hundreds of pounds a year more than in 2008.

The Mayor claims there are more police in Newham. But official Met figures show he has cut the number of officers by 40 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 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 Newham has lost 40 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 46 fewer in Newham

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

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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