Labour MP Wes Streeting listed on Twitter the various occasion Boris Johnson made fantasy claims, broke promises and launched expensive ‘vanity projects’ as Mayor of London. Time to fact-check Boris Johnson’s mayoralty.
Boris Johnson spent a whopping £46m of taxpayers’ money on the Garden Bridge without a single brick ever getting laid. pic.twitter.com/6TY5svHqiX— Wes Streeting MP (@wesstreeting) June 13, 2019
Boris Johnson spent £60m on construction, and £500,000 a month on running The Emirates Airline - the most expensive cable car ever built - in 2015. An investigation showed that it had only 4 daily users. pic.twitter.com/Sj0Fw7IytY— Wes Streeting MP (@wesstreeting) June 13, 2019
Johnson spent £300m on the Routemaster Bus with an additional £11.4m spent just on design and building the first eight. With 800 built, each cost around £375k - nearly twice the cost of a conventional double decker. They also emit 74% more harmful particles than the old buses. pic.twitter.com/nkyo0sk5fs— Wes Streeting MP (@wesstreeting) June 13, 2019
Remember Boris Island Airport, which would have cost £100billion and caused significant environmental problems? He continued to call for the idea even after the Airports Commission had rejected the plans. pic.twitter.com/2u2tA6ftLF— Wes Streeting MP (@wesstreeting) June 13, 2019
As @tom_watson reminded us this morning (as if we could forget) Boris Johnson campaigned on a platform of saving the London Underground's ticket offices but closed every one. pic.twitter.com/h5fNTST4se— Wes Streeting MP (@wesstreeting) June 13, 2019
Boris Johnson campaigned against Londoners paying "the highest fares in Europe" and yet oversaw an increase of fares by an average of 4.2 per cent. He also pledged not to allow the congestion charge to go above £8... It rose to £11.50 on his watch. pic.twitter.com/2hkCZ3wcHf— Wes Streeting MP (@wesstreeting) June 13, 2019
Decisions taken by Boris Johnson to convert the Olympic Stadium in Stratford cost taxpayers almost £300m, while the stadium operator has been saddled with annual losses of about £20m. Sadiq had to clean up the mess. https://t.co/2Lz5Yf96j4— Wes Streeting MP (@wesstreeting) June 13, 2019
Johnson claimed during his 2012 election that robberies were down 16.3% under his mayoralty - but independent analysis shows they actually rose by 18.8%. Crime started rising nationally in 2014 and continued to rise during his time in office - including an increase in homicides. pic.twitter.com/PqTlafueY3— Wes Streeting MP (@wesstreeting) June 13, 2019
Boris Johnson left London’s housing market propped up expensive properties and a lack of genuinely affordable homes. The number of social homes he funded reduced from 1,687 in 2012, to just 336 in his final year in office. He shamefully left zero social homes when Sadiq came in. pic.twitter.com/gz0HdQ64ef— Wes Streeting MP (@wesstreeting) June 13, 2019
Boris Johnson prioritised building multi-million pound penthouses and luxury flats that only the very wealthiest could afford, leaving most Londoners out. Only 13% of homes given permission in his final year in office were affordable and rough sleeping doubled on his watch. pic.twitter.com/DUfIWN3PS3— Wes Streeting MP (@wesstreeting) June 13, 2019
Boris Johnson doesn’t own his failures. Even now he claims he “took London through the riots” in 2011. In reality he had to be shamed into coming home from holiday as the violence escalated. pic.twitter.com/L53lDsGZzI— Wes Streeting MP (@wesstreeting) June 13, 2019
Boris Johnson may be the gif that keeps on giving, but his record as Mayor speaks for itself. That’s before we get onto the “bum-boys”, “piccaninnies”, “letter-boxes” and everything else in his back catalogue. This is not a joke. He is not fit to be Prime Minister.— Wes Streeting MP (@wesstreeting) June 13, 2019
The End. pic.twitter.com/lHPZl6UShH
Find more broken promises by Boris Johnson as Mayor of London in a more detailled article by Channel 4 News’ FactCheck and all about the £940m bill for Boris Johnson’s mayoral ‘vanity projects’ in this Guardian article. 🔷
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