Saturday, November 15, 2008

Boris at the London Area Conference

Today the mayor was the key speaker at the London Conservative conference, hosted by Canary Wharf Group at the East Wintergarden in Docklands.

Boris spent much of his speech on the deteriorating economic situation, promising to use all his powers to help London through the crisis. He repeated his by now familiar theme of protecting the wealth creators who are still contributing so much to the city. Socialist envy and blame must not result in tighter regulation which would strangle a recovery. He called upon the government to relax taxation of businesses and stem the current exodus of companies from Britain to more friendly places.

Economies would be sought in the GLA, hence the bonfire of vanity virtual transport projects last week. Encouraging the GLA group to pay bills within ten working days - rather than the present 30 - would greatly assist the cash flow of small and medium suppliers.

Most impressively, he undertook to freeze the council tax precept at its current level, for the first time since the GLA was formed in 2000.

A number of former Labour party supporters turned up and they weren't shy about saying why they had changed sides...

Can we fix London's ailing economy?



morris hickey said...

Is Boris still part of the Conservative Party? If he is, then he needs to leave pronouncements about illegal immigrants to the Shadow Home Secretary and get on with sorting out the problems of London's traffic and transport among other things.

I could hardly believe what I read about this proposed amnesty. I voted for Boris, and would almost certainly have voted for just about any Conservative with the exception of Shagger Norris. Boris has a lot of work to do if he is to have our trust in 2012.

Roger Evans said...

We debated the proposed amnesty last month - I voted against. didn't get much support for my views...

Labour tried to imply it made me a fascist, because Barnbrook voted the same way.

BNP lied - as usual - claiming that only Barnbrook had voted against and we were all 'fellow travellers'.

Actually, I can see a case for a limited and targeted amnesty, but we need to restore border controls before it is even considered, otherwise it will only encourage even more people to try their luck.

weggis said...

Were you paying attention, Morris?

9th April 2008.

Jim Jay said...

Hi Roger,

I was wondering why so few Conservative AMs voted on this. I believe it was one abstention and three (Tories) against - where was everyone else?

Don't get me wrong I support it and would go further still - but it seemed curious that the Tories could be so heavily out voted on this.

Roger Evans said...

Hi Jim, and welcome to the blog.

Actually four of us - Evans, Arbour, Bacon, Tracey - voted against, and one - Barnes - abstained.

Two members - Boff, Borwick - left early to take part in other meetings, as we debated motions at the end and were running late. They were there for the main business which was to take evidence from representatives of the Olympic Development Authority.

Two others - Coleman, O'Connell - were sick and absent from the whole meeting. There was a lot of flu about at the time.

The remaining two - Cleverly, Malthouse - were with the Mayor launching a policing initiative in Bexley. Kit is deputy chairman of the MPA and James is the constituency member for Bexley, so their absence was understandable.

Even if they had all been there and voted against we would still have lost to the Greens, Labour and Lib Dems who between them have 13 members (2,8,3 respectively).

Jim Jay said...

Roger - I'm sure you didn't need to get back so promptly or comprehensively - it's really appreciated.

I appreciate that people can't be there for everything it just seemed like quite a few absences on this particular vote, so the explanation helps.