Vote for Boris if you want a mayor who really listens
I ve been out campaigning in most parts of Camden, and I ve come across so many people who are saying Anyone but Ken . The need for change in London is so pressing that many people who are not natural Conservatives are either voting for Boris Johnson or
I've been out campaigning in most parts of Camden, and I've come across so many people who are saying "Anyone but Ken". The need for change in London is so pressing that many people who are not natural Conservatives are either voting for Boris Johnson or giving him their second preference vote.
The key point is that as a local borough, we have always found it very hard going dealing with Mayor Livingstone, because he does not recognise that while there are some pan-London issues, there are many more matters about streets and traffic, the environment and planning that are much better decided locally.
Here in Camden, Conservative councillors have shown we can work constructively with others. Similarly, Boris Johnson has shown that he will be an inclusive, listening Mayor, working with boroughs like Camden, not imposing solutions from above as Livingstone has done.
The second preference votes are going to be crucial, and by definition, most people don't find it easy to hold their nose and cast a second preference
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vote. I will be giving my second preference vote to Brian Paddick. I urge
those voting Liberal Democrat or for other democratic parties to give Boris Johnson their second preference vote in order to make sure Livingstone does not get back by default, and that we get a fresh start with a new London Mayor committed to working in partnership with local communities.
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