The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement is good news for London, but it also shows why it is critical that London elects a Mayor who can work with Government to deliver for all Londoners.
Because London controls just 7% of the money it generates, the most important qualification for any Mayor is the ability to secure the best possible deal for London – as the Autumn Statement shows:
For, weeks I have been making the case to the Chancellor for more support for Londoners who want to get on the housing ladder – and yesterday he confirmed a new London Help to Buy scheme.
I have also been seeking protection for police funding so we can keep London’s streets safe – and the Chancellor announced there will be no cuts to the Met budget.
The Chancellor also announced that vital Tube upgrades and road improvement plans – so important for hardworking commuters – will be protected.
As an MP I have always campaigned loudly on issues that matter to my constituents. But I haven’t just shouted on the sidelines – I stayed at the negotiating table until the deal was done.
That’s what I have been doing since I became the Conservative candidate for Mayor, and that is what I’ll do if I am elected next May.
This deal is a vital first step in my plan to start fixing the housing crisis, make transport more reliable and keep our streets safe. But we can’t take this progress for granted.
London needs a Mayor who can work with Government and who is interested in delivering for Londoners, rather than pleasing the unions and vested interests.
Conservative Candidate for Mayor of London