London Elections: Boris Johnson delivers winning speech

00:35 05 May 2012

Boris Johnson delivered the political elegy for his rival Ken Livingstone upon winning the race to be Mayor of London.

“Last time we stood here, I said some complementary things about you; much good it did me.

“But of all the left wing politicians I can think of, you have been the most creative and original.

“If you will promise not to stand again I will look forward to having that non-taxpayer funded drink we’ve not fitted into our diaries.”

Johnson pledged London will be ready to welcome the world for the Olympic Games, next month.

“The world will see a city going through a neo-Victorian surge in London transport, the murder rate down, the Olympics venues have been completed on time,” he said.

“They will find a city swarming with blue bikes, a new bus; they will find a City Hall administration getting on with its work of directing scare resources to what matters to Londoners

“Cutting Council tax, getting more police on the streets, investing in housing, travel and regeneration projects which will create 200,000 jobs.”

Getting young people into work will be a priority promised Mayor Johnson.

“I will dedicate myself to making sure Londoners and above all young Londoners are ready to take the jobs that this amazing city creates and I continue will fight for a good deal for Londoners.

Key members of Johnson’s administration lost their place on the London Assembly.

“This has been a long and gruelling campaign and I’m very sorry tonight to see the loss of valued colleagues; Richard Barnes, Brian Coleman and others. I want particularly to thank all the contestants tonight

“I want overall all to thanks the people of London for giving me a new mandate to take us forward.

“Tomorrow we continue with our work, but tonight we will celebrate a sensible, cost-effective Tory administration in London.”

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

We give our verdicts on the outfits that graced the red carpet.

Read more

Is Downton Abbey just a soap opera hiding under all that pomposity?

Read more

Know what lurks in the deep off our coast…

Read more

TOP Stories

Yesterday, 17:56
Arnis Zalkalns was seen riding his bike along the towpath where Alice was last spotted

Police hunting for missing schoolgirl Alice Gross and Arnis Zalkalns have found the suspect’s bike.

Yesterday, 15:17
The teenagers were found guilty at the Old Bailey (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)

A boy has been found guilty of raping a teenager in a Willesden alleyway in punishment for spreading rumours about his sister.

Yesterday, 11:26
The baby was attacked by a Staffordshire bull terrier dog like this one [Photograph by Gemma Longman]

A baby suffered a terrifying ordeal when a dog ripped part of her nose off.

Promotions

Imagine having your own idyllic house in the French countryside - and make it happen! [Photograph by Mike Simler]

Ever dreamed of living in a rural cottage in France with ivy round the door, chickens in your garden, and fresh croissants for breakfast from the local patisserie a short walk away in the nearby village?

Advanced running and training technology for beginners up to elite athletes

If you’re thinking of adding running treadmill to your fitness routine, you’re on the right track! There are several advantages to running on a treadmill versus running outdoors.

Renault-Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the ZOE was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

London Bloggers

Wed, 14:16
The cast, including Josie Lawrence and Mike Myers

Simon Collins catches up with the improv impresarios, who despite being the world’s longest-running comedy show with the same cast, have lost none of the razor-sharp wit:

Monday, September 1, 2014
Do you really need an explanation for that?! (Pic by Serena Marinelli)

If you’ve ever seen an Italian movie, you would probably know how important body language is in the culture.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Don't waste any of your harvest

If you are now inundated with ripe tomatoes, juicy green beans, berries and herbs, don’t leave them to go stringy or mouldy because the freezer can go a long way to making your crops last well into winter.

Quizzes

(Photo by Ben Horton/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds Hollywood)

If there’s one thing that can change Londoners from nice, normal people into superhumans capable of extreme levels of rage and passive aggression, it’s the descent below-ground.

Read more
Do you fancy yourself as a football ground know-it-all? Try our devilishly difficult quiz!

How well do you know your football stadiums? This brand new quiz from London24 will seperate the men from the boys...

Read more
Do you know your Thames truths from the porkie pies? (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

So, you live (or work) in London, and you think you know the river well.

Read more