Boris Johnson launches Redbridge Conservative's local election campaign in Gants Hill

Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Leader of Redbridge Council Keith Prince in Gants Hill yesterday

Mayor Johnson set out Redbridge Conservative's seven point plan for the future of the borough.

Boris Johnson visits Gants Hill.

A crowd in Gants Hill follows the Mayor.

Time for a quick picture.

Boris Johnson with Cllr Michelle Dunn during his visit.

First published in News
Last updated
East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Wanstead & Woodford

The Mayor of London has launched the Conservative's election campaign.

Speaking in Gants Hill yesterday, Boris Johnson said he was confident of a Conservative victory in Redbridge on May 22.

In a speech in Barkingside last week, Labour leader Ed Miliband pledged to make the rental market fairer for tenants by abolishing agents' fees if he wins the general election next year.

He also criticised the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition for failing to takle a "cost of living crisis".

But Boris Johnson hit back, saying he was confident his party would take full control of the authority despite Labour predictions of victory. 

He said:“I am a bit sceptical about fixing markets and putting limits on rentals because, as with other cities in Europe and in London in the 70s, it drives people out of the rental sector.

“The council has done fantastic work in Redbridge. A Conservative council is what we need and we are confident of victory here.

"There is a housing problem in London and we need to invest massively in housing.

“Crime is down 17.5% in the borough and the council has done a great job."

Mr Johnson set out Redbridge Conservative's seven point plan for the future of the borough, including continuing to fund extra police officers to patrol the streets, 30-minute free parking in all street bays, a new permanent swimming pool, weekly street sweeping, freezing council tax, expanding grammar schools and £8 million investment in town centres.

Conservative councillor Paul Canal was full of praise for the London Mayor, who he believes will be key to winning votes in the borough.

But he was careful not to elevate his influence beyond the Prime Minister David Cameron, who many believe he will eventually replace as Tory leader.

Cllr Canal said: “Boris is a London icon. He has the greatest recognition in council, except for David Cameron. 

"He is the most popular politician in western Europe and manages to extract support across all ethnic groups.

“Redbridge is one of the most diverse boroughs in London, and Boris can reach out to every community, and he has a mixed heritage himself.”

But deputy Labour leader Wes Streeting accused the Conservatives of adopting his party's ideas. 

He said: “Most of the ideas here are from Labour, free parking and street cleaning to name two, so it really seems that after 12 years in administration the Conservatives have no ideas and no visions of their own.

“Four years ago the Conservatives promised to provide a permanent swimming pool for Redbridge and they haven’t come good on that promise, it is laughable it is one of their plans again. Who is to say they will follow through with the promise this time?”

 

See a video here:


 

Comments (9)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

10:22am Wed 7 May 14

Alan_1976 says...

Strange absence of comments on this given the comments on http://www.guardian-
series.co.uk/your_lo
cal_areas/11185777.M
iliband_to_launch_lo
cal_election_campaig
n_in_Redbridge/

With due respects to mdj I've made one...

'"Redbridge is one of the most diverse boroughs in London..'

What does this mean? Are areas of Britain invalid in Boris's eyes unless they are 'diverse? (As if after centuries of invasion and migration anywhere isn't)
Can the un-'diverse' areas perhaps not be trusted to vote Conservative?

Does the Tory party have a plan to fix this regrettable backwardness?
Strange absence of comments on this given the comments on http://www.guardian- series.co.uk/your_lo cal_areas/11185777.M iliband_to_launch_lo cal_election_campaig n_in_Redbridge/ With due respects to mdj I've made one... '"Redbridge is one of the most diverse boroughs in London..' What does this mean? Are areas of Britain invalid in Boris's eyes unless they are 'diverse? (As if after centuries of invasion and migration anywhere isn't) Can the un-'diverse' areas perhaps not be trusted to vote Conservative? Does the Tory party have a plan to fix this regrettable backwardness? Alan_1976
  • Score: 8

11:19am Wed 7 May 14

MorrisHickey says...

Headline with an abused apostrophe.
Headline with an abused apostrophe. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 3

11:29am Wed 7 May 14

T. Watts says...

MorrisHickey wrote:
Headline with an abused apostrophe.
No, it's a nice thought, Morris.

Imagine if there was only one Conservative left in the whole of Redbridge...
[quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: Headline with an abused apostrophe.[/p][/quote]No, it's a nice thought, Morris. Imagine if there was only one Conservative left in the whole of Redbridge... T. Watts
  • Score: -2

11:35am Wed 7 May 14

MorrisHickey says...

In your dreams.
In your dreams. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 3

12:13pm Wed 7 May 14

T. Watts says...

MorrisHickey wrote:
In your dreams.
Not so far-fetched, actually. With so much of their sheep heading to UKIP and the rest of the idiots fleeing to the 'safety' of the 'white shires', there won't be many left by the next election..
[quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: In your dreams.[/p][/quote]Not so far-fetched, actually. With so much of their sheep heading to UKIP and the rest of the idiots fleeing to the 'safety' of the 'white shires', there won't be many left by the next election.. T. Watts
  • Score: -1

1:18pm Wed 7 May 14

D M says...

Good Luck,to all the Conservative candidates,in the European and Local Elections,on the 22-05-2014.

In Redbridge,the majority, led Conservative Cabinet,has provided us with great services.

Long may this continue.

Please remember,in the Local Elections,we all have THREE VOTES.
Good Luck,to all the Conservative candidates,in the European and Local Elections,on the 22-05-2014. In Redbridge,the majority, led Conservative Cabinet,has provided us with great services. Long may this continue. Please remember,in the Local Elections,we all have THREE VOTES. D M
  • Score: 3

2:14pm Wed 7 May 14

Alan_1976 says...

Looks like the original set of comments on this article have been removed. How terribly convenient. Ironic given what they were. I notice the comments on this article are still very much in place
http://www.guardian-
series.co.uk/news/11
185777.Miliband_to_l
aunch_local_election
_campaign_in_Redbrid
ge/?ref=mc

So again with gratitude to MDJ

'"Redbridge is very diverse and represents modern Britain..'
What does this mean? Are areas of Britain invalid in the Tory's eyes unless they are 'diverse? (As if after centuries of invasion and migration anywhere isn't)
Can the un-'diverse' areas perhaps not be trusted to vote Tory?
Does the Conservative party have a plan to fix this regrettable backwardness?
Looks like the original set of comments on this article have been removed. How terribly convenient. Ironic given what they were. I notice the comments on this article are still very much in place http://www.guardian- series.co.uk/news/11 185777.Miliband_to_l aunch_local_election _campaign_in_Redbrid ge/?ref=mc So again with gratitude to MDJ '"Redbridge is very diverse and represents modern Britain..' What does this mean? Are areas of Britain invalid in the Tory's eyes unless they are 'diverse? (As if after centuries of invasion and migration anywhere isn't) Can the un-'diverse' areas perhaps not be trusted to vote Tory? Does the Conservative party have a plan to fix this regrettable backwardness? Alan_1976
  • Score: 3

2:14pm Wed 7 May 14

Alan_1976 says...

Alan_1976 wrote:
Looks like the original set of comments on this article have been removed. How terribly convenient. Ironic given what they were. I notice the comments on this article are still very much in place
http://www.guardian-

series.co.uk/news/11

185777.Miliband_to_l

aunch_local_election

_campaign_in_Redbrid

ge/?ref=mc

So again with gratitude to MDJ

'"Redbridge is very diverse and represents modern Britain..'
What does this mean? Are areas of Britain invalid in the Tory's eyes unless they are 'diverse? (As if after centuries of invasion and migration anywhere isn't)
Can the un-'diverse' areas perhaps not be trusted to vote Tory?
Does the Conservative party have a plan to fix this regrettable backwardness?
And now they reappear...
[quote][p][bold]Alan_1976[/bold] wrote: Looks like the original set of comments on this article have been removed. How terribly convenient. Ironic given what they were. I notice the comments on this article are still very much in place http://www.guardian- series.co.uk/news/11 185777.Miliband_to_l aunch_local_election _campaign_in_Redbrid ge/?ref=mc So again with gratitude to MDJ '"Redbridge is very diverse and represents modern Britain..' What does this mean? Are areas of Britain invalid in the Tory's eyes unless they are 'diverse? (As if after centuries of invasion and migration anywhere isn't) Can the un-'diverse' areas perhaps not be trusted to vote Tory? Does the Conservative party have a plan to fix this regrettable backwardness?[/p][/quote]And now they reappear... Alan_1976
  • Score: 2

7:05pm Wed 7 May 14

MorrisHickey says...

T. Watts wrote:
MorrisHickey wrote:
In your dreams.
Not so far-fetched, actually. With so much of their sheep heading to UKIP and the rest of the idiots fleeing to the 'safety' of the 'white shires', there won't be many left by the next election..
Keep taking the tablets.
[quote][p][bold]T. Watts[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: In your dreams.[/p][/quote]Not so far-fetched, actually. With so much of their sheep heading to UKIP and the rest of the idiots fleeing to the 'safety' of the 'white shires', there won't be many left by the next election..[/p][/quote]Keep taking the tablets. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 4

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree