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Boris Johnson makes election promises on Welling visit

PUBLISHED: 13:58 19 April 2012

Boris Johnson on a visit to Crayford last month

Boris Johnson on a visit to Crayford last month

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Boris Johnson visited Welling today claiming cutting crime in Bexley and rejuvenating the borough's high streets were key election priorities.

The Conservative mayoral candidate went to a number of shops in the town having begun the day’s campaign trail in Northumberland Heath as he prepared for the May 3 election.

He was joined by Bexley and Bromley London Assembly member James Cleverly, Bexley council leader Teresa O’Neill and a number of Conservative councillors.

Mr Johnson said: “London needs more police on the street and Bexley is no different.

“This is something I’m thriving to achieve.

“I’m aware of the murder trial of Yemurai Kanyangarara just down the road and that’s a horrible story. We’ll be aiming to ensure all Safer Neighbourhood Teams in the borough are given a greater presence.

Bexley has generally been one of the key borough’s in the mayoral election, with Mr Johnson’s 40,000 majority there making up a key part of his London-wide winning margin of 160,000.

There have been accusations that candidates only visit the borough when there is an election to win but Mr Johnson is adamant that Bexley will benefit significantly should he be re-elected.

Mr Johnson began his Welling tour in the Morrison’s store which he opened in November 2009 but the town has seen a number of shops on the high street close in recent months, including Nuxley’s Toy Store on Bellegrove Road.

He said: “Outer London is incredibly important to me which you saw when I extended the Oyster Card system to the borough in my first term.

“I want high streets to thrive, including places like Welling, so I am obviously disappointed when shops like Nuxley’s Toy Store close down”

The election contest between the Conservative Mayor and the candidate who is expected to be his closest competition, Labour’s former mayor Ken Livingstone, has been vicious at times but opinion polls suggest the race will be close.

Mr Cleverly said: “I’m lucky because this area has always been a traditionally strong Tory borough which is why supporting Boris Johnson is one of my key priorities.

“It’s important to make people recognise the work we’ve been doing for Bexley but also to listen to people so we can keep supporting them.”

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