Members of the London Assembly have been giving their reactions to this morning’s announcement by Boris Johnson that he’ll be seeking re-election as Mayor of London in 2012.
Len Duvall, Labour: “The big story is that it has taken two years for the Mayor of London to decide that he still wants to do the job. These are not the actions of a man committed to the city and his record of broken promises, fare rises and support for bankers is not one to proud of.
“His attempts to distance himself from the coming cuts when he has spent his time cutting the police and trumpeting cuts at City Hall just ring hollow.”
Roger Evans, Conservative: “Personally, I am delighted that he has chosen to stand again. Much has been achieved since his election in 2008 but much remains to be done, with long term challenges including bringing London safely through the recession, securing Crossrail and successfully hosting the 2012 Olympics. These simply cannot be achieved in a single four year term.
Boris will be a champion for our city and a critical friend for the new coalition government, ready to promote London’s needs without resorting to damaging confrontation.
Boris also has a unique appeal that applies both to conservative minded suburban voters and to the trendy residents of Inner London. This broad coalition of support is a complete contrast to the divisive and harmful politics of his predecessor.”
Darren Johnson, Green Party: He’s squandered much of his first two years and has failed to get to grips with many of the big problems London faces whether it be air pollution, gang culture or affordable housing.
He’s been hugely entertaining but I suspect the Boris persona will be wearing a bit thin come 2012 and Londoners will be looking for a Mayor with a clear long term vision who can deliver.