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Optimism for financial recovery not deluded' says Mayor

PUBLISHED: 15:51 30 December 2009 | UPDATED: 17:28 25 August 2010

POLITICIANS are optimistic that the housing market and economy will pick up in the New Year. As part of his New Year message to Times readers, London Mayor Boris Johnson said that shop sales at Christmas have set world records and predicted a brighter 20

POLITICIANS are optimistic that the housing market and economy will pick up in the New Year.

As part of his New Year message to Times readers, London Mayor Boris Johnson said that shop sales at Christmas have set world records and predicted a brighter 2010.

He added: "I know that for many people in London, 2009 has been a very tough year, but I don't think that I am deluding myself when I say I see signs of optimism everywhere.

"We see the housing market picking up, we've got the theatre taking a record number of visitors and Oxford Street sold £200 million worth of goods on one day - a world record.

"I hope very much that people will celebrate all the hard work they've put in to 2009."

His Conservative colleague, David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, said: "After all the problems of the past year, whether at home, with people losing their jobs and businesses as a result of the recession, or abroad, with war, hunger and deprivation, we all hope for a better 2010.

"We need to fix our broken economy, create jobs, tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, improve standards in education, increase opportunities for young people, and improve our NHS services."

After 17 years in the job, Erith and Thamesmead MP John Austin, who is stepping down, said: "It has been a great privilege to serve the people of Bexley and Greenwich.

"I hope to see more of my grandchildren in 2010, rediscover the theatre and cinema and spend more time in my garden.

"But I am standing down from Parliament, not retiring from life or politics.

"Best wishes to all your readers.

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