Boris Johnson promises to create 200,000 jobs in London

Boris Johnson has pledged to create more than 200,000 jobs in London if he is re-elected as Mayor of the capital.

Launching his re-election campaign in Crayford today (March 21st), the Conservative candidate claimed that jobs are the biggest priority for residents in the capital.

In a recent interview with BBC News, he promised voters he would deliver more investment in the creation of jobs from central government if he is reinstated in the London hotseat.

He said: “What Londoners need, above all, are jobs – because that’s the real answer to the rising cost of living and the uncertainty we all face.

“Through working hard to cut waste in the Greater London Authority, freeing up £3.5 billion for services and securing a greater deal for London from Number 10, we will directly create 200,000 jobs for Londoners.”

According to, Johnson is the firm favourite to regain his role as Mayor of London – ahead of Labour candidate Ken Livingstone. A recent YouGov poll put him eight percentage points ahead, with the election just 44 days away.

As part of his campaign, Livingstone has accused Johnson of failing to create enough jobs during his spell as Mayor. A spokesman for the Labour candidate has claimed that Johnson was even in danger of creating no new net jobs during his four-year reign.  

by Joe Elvin on March 21, 2012

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