Conservative MP Boris Johnson today launched his campaign to to win the Conservative Party’s nomination for Mayor of London.
Mr Johnson said it was “time we got this city moving” describing himself as “a committed cyclist who has cheated death on streets throughout the capital.”
The Henley MP said the London Congestion Charge “is certainly not working” but said he was “not going to scrap something that was sensible in its objectives without a better solution.”
IN a rebuff to critics who have accused him of lacking the seriousness for the job Johnson said “I reserve the right to make jokes but be in no doubt that I am deadly serious in this campaign.”
Incumbent Mayor Ken Livingstone welcomed Mr Johnson’s overturning of the Tories’ seven year opposition to the congestion charge” which he described as the “one positive thing” in his statement.
Seeking to highlight Mr Johnson’s voting record in Parliament the Mayor said “he now declares that he strongly supports Crossrail, London’s most vital transport project, but he failed to participate in the vote on it in Parliament.”
“London does not need a Mayor who takes wrong decisions and then has to change them, but one who takes the right decisions at the time they need to be made”