Boris takes London as UK moves to ‘No Overall Control’
Winning the London mayoral contest is the delectable icing on the luscious cake of this historic day in Conservative Party fortunes. Labour have been humiliated into third place – their worst result in local elections since Harold Wilson was prime minister - and their share of the vote was worse even than that achieved by Michael Foot. The Conservative Party’s vote was 20 percentage points ahead of the Labour vote, and that augurs well for the next general election.
But Cranmer would like to point out that Boris Johnson now wields more executive power than any other Conservative in Britain.
He has promised Londoners he will phase out bendy buses, ban alcohol on the Tube and set up a Mayor's Fund. His winning manifesto pledges include:
* Wants the unions to sign up to a no-strike deal in return for binding arbitration. Will expand air conditioning and manage the infrastructure better.
* Will phase out bendy buses and replace them with a fleet of hybrid Routemasters that he now estimates will cost up to £100 million.
* Wants to fine utility companies that dig up the roads, “reform” the congestion charge, re-phase traffic lights and bring in monthly billing.
* Will chair the Metropolitan Police Authority and “tear up red tape”, as well as holding the MPA to account
* Would make the transport network safer with 440 extra Police Community Support Officers and 50 extra British Transport Police paid for by slashing advertising budgets
* “Payback London” scheme requiring antisocial under- 18s to earn back their right to free travel when passes are confiscated
* Ban alcohol on the Tube by amending the conditions of carriage to help reduce anti-social behaviour and cut the 40 per cent of crime that is alcohol-related.
* Mayor's Fund would use the private sector to pay for schemes including fighting youth crime, bring in handheld scanners and neighbourhood crime maps.
* Would protect the green belt and invest £6 million in making open spaces cleaner and safer.
* Would work to help cut London's carbon emissions by 60 per cent from their 1990 levels by 2025.
* Opposes third Heathrow runway. Has suggested a new airport in the Thames Estuary instead.
* Will drop the Mayor's current target of 50 per cent of all new homes in London to be affordable and build 50,000 more new homes instead.
* Would release GLA-owned land and £130 million from the Regional Housing Pot to launch a new First Steps Housing Scheme.
* Invest £60 million from the Regional Housing Pot to renovate the capital's 84,205 empty properties.
* He has promised not to stand for more than two terms as Mayor and to lobby for a change in legislation.
* Would publish the biographies, responsibilities and contact details of mayoral advisers online so public can see their role and get in touch.
* To make the London Development Agency grants process much more transparent by publishing details of all funding over £1,000.