The Mayor's Oral Report

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Tony Arbour AM (Deputy Chairman):  The Mayor will now provide an oral update of up to five minutes in length on matters occurring since the publication of his report.  Mr Mayor?


Answer for The Mayor's Oral Report

Answer for The Mayor's Oral Report

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  Thank you very much, Tony.  May I congratulate you and welcome you to the chair;  I know you are standing in for Jennette [Arnold OBE AM, Chair of the London Assembly] and I am sure you will chair this meeting with your customary discipline and ruthlessness.

Tony Arbour AM (Deputy Chairman):  Indeed.

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  Since we last met, there has been a great deal of progress on something I know Assembly Members have taken a lot of interest in and that is recruitment to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) from black and minority ethnic (BAME) groups.  We promised to do what we could to accelerate that and to make a police force that genuinely reflected London.  It is something that everybody in this horseshoe cares about a lot.  Since the introduction of the policy of recruiting exclusively from the Greater London area, we have seen a significant increase in new MPS officer recruits from BAME backgrounds to 26% now of new officer recruits, up from 12%, and a rise from 26% to 33% for female recruits.  The policy is working and I am assured that it is in no sense compromising the quality of MPS officers.

We have a Gigs Champion.  The Hounslow singer Luca Fiore has been crowned Gigs Champion.  He has won the great busking competition.

We have launched the West Anglia Taskforce to promote the four-tracking of the West Anglia Main Line between Coppermill Junction and Broxbourne and the developing of that corridor up in the northeast, chaired by [The Rt Hon] Sir Alan Haselhurst, Member of Parliament (MP) for Saffron Walden.

We are promoting a series of wonderful new local community projects as part of the High Street Fund, spending £280,000, including £10,000 on the Peckham Coal Line, which Assembly Members will be familiar with.  This connects the communities of Queens Road and Rye Lane with a new urban park, on a smaller scale but a bit like what they have done in New York, changing the lives of residents, bridging busy roads, creating a more direct link between two high streets.  It runs on disused coal sidings alongside the railway line through the heart of Peckham.  We are funding a feasibility study to get that done and I am sure it will be absolutely brilliant.

That concludes, Tony, my report.