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Responding to a letter from the Mayor of London Boris Johnson dismissing an independent investigation into the Royal Albert Docks development and stating he would not be attending GLA committee scrutiny sessions on the subject, London Assembly Labour Group Leader Len Duvall AM said:

“It is totally outrageous that the Mayor is refusing to be held accountable for his decisions on the Royal Albert Dock. He was the one who signed off the deal, yet he thinks it’s alright to refuse to answer questions on the subject.

“Londoners need to know that Boris’ big international deals are getting best value for the capital. The Mayor’s refusal to open up the process to proper scrutiny will just fuel concerns about this development, as it stands the way this deal was done is as transparent as mud.

“The Mayor cannot hide behind his hastily prepared audit report. Not only does it fail to deal with some major questions but the report itself accepts it was only a ‘desk top review’ that did not interview some key players involved. If the public are to have any faith in big development deals like this, the Mayor is going to have to accept the need for transparency. That is why we desperately need an independent investigation to remove the politics from this and get to the bottom of the legitimate questions raised about the deal.”

- The original Channel 4 investigation of the Royal Albert Docks development decision is available here.

Boris Johnson refuses to cooperate with Royal Albert Docks investigation

Responding to a letter from the Mayor of London Boris Johnson dismissing an independent investigation into the Royal Albert Docks development and stating he would not be attending GLA committee scrutiny sessions...

Responding to reports in the Guardian today that leaked documents show Boris Johnson is considering cuts of 90% to GLA youth and education projects London Assembly Labour Group Education Spokesperson, Jennette Arnold AM said:

"The fact that Boris Johnson would even consider cuts of 90% to schemes designed to help some of London's most vulnerable young people tells you everything you need to know about his cavalier and uncaring approach to governing.

"Projects to increase apprenticeships and support for people to stay on at school may seem like optional extras to Boris Johnson but for many young people they make a world of difference, helping them to get on in an increasingly competitive jobs market.

"Boris Johnson may be focused on his next job in Parliament but he has a duty to responsibly see out his term working for all Londoners. These cuts however suggest more a policy of scorched earth, drastically cutting funding to important projects and leaving his successor to pick up the pieces."

Jennette Arnold AM responds to Boris Johnson's potential 90% cuts to youth and education projects

Responding to reports in the Guardian today that leaked documents show Boris Johnson is considering cuts of 90% to GLA youth and education projects London Assembly Labour Group Education Spokesperson, Jennette Arnold...

Labour London Assembly Member Valerie Shawcross is calling on local residents to help identify dangerous junctions and streets in Lambeth and Southwark as part of Road Safety Week. The campaign, coordinated by the road safety charity Brake, starts today (Monday) and aims to raise awareness and increase safety on local roads for people on foot and bicycle.

This year’s Road Safety Week focuses on Brake’s GO 20 campaign encouraging drivers to slow down to 20mph around homes, schools and shops. In 2009, a London Assembly Transport Committee investigation found that in areas where 20 mph has been introduced in London there has been a 42 per cent reduction in casualties.

Transport for London (TfL) recently invited comments for a new Road Safety Action Plan for the capital and Val has backed the submission by the charity Living Streets, which focuses on road safety for pedestrians.

Val is asking for local residents to get in touch to let her know which local junctions they feel are particularly unsafe. Comments should be sent to Valerie.Shawcross@london.gov.uk or write to Valerie Shawcross AM, City Hall, London SE1 2AA.

Val Shawcross AM, Labour London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark and Labour Group transport spokesperson at City Hall, said:

“I fully support the GO 20 campaign to slow traffic down on our streets. A 20 mph limit offers the potential to increase levels of walking and cycling. I would like to hear from residents about where in South London could benefit from 20mph limits, where there are dangerous blackspots and where crossings need to be made safer.

“At a time when the Mayor has cut the road safety budget by £36m a year compared with 2008, it is more important than ever to slow down traffic in residential areas and make all of our dangerous junctions and streets safe for people on foot and bicycle.”

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of Brake, the road safety charity, said:

“Everyone in London should be able to walk and cycle without fear or threat, and GO 20 is about bringing that about. The 2012 Games helped us all realise the importance of being able to live active lifestyles. Critical to this is making our streets and neighbourhoods safe places we can use and enjoy.

“Anyone who drives can help bring this about: pledge to GO 20 around homes, schools and shops: you’ll be helping to protect people, and you’ll hardly notice the difference to your journey. We’re also calling on the government and more London boroughs to recognise the benefits of 20mph limits, and the huge demand for safe walking and cycling, and GO 20.”

Call to identify dangerous junctions and streets for Road Safety Week

Labour London Assembly Member Valerie Shawcross is calling on local residents to help identify dangerous junctions and streets in Lambeth and Southwark as part of Road Safety Week. The campaign,...

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