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When work begins for Mayor Johnson

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson wants people from all communities in his administration

Boris Johnson has been elected mayor of London - but it is not until Monday morning that he will officially take control of this major capital city.

When that happens he will face a huge challenge, as mayor, he will be in charge of everything from transport to the policing of London as well as the city's economic development.

The mayor's policies are implemented by the government of London, the Greater London Authority, and its four bodies - Transport for London (TfL), the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA), the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) and the London Development Agency (LDA).

First of all Mayor Johnson will have to draw up his own team at City Hall. Then when he sits down at his desk what policies will be top of his in-tray?


Buses became a big part of Mr Johnson's election campaign.

Once he is in charge he can carry out his promise to phase out the bendy bus, which he claims is dangerous and unsuitable for London's streets, and run a new competition to find a 21st Century version of the Routemaster bus.

He also wants to put more police on buses, especially in outer parts of the city and introduce live bus mapping, where passengers can monitor the progress of their bus in real time on the phone or online.


Once installed at City Hall, Mr Johnson will be able to start his plans to reform the congestion charge, another high profile part of his election campaign.

He has criticised his predecessor Ken Livingstone's plan to introduce a 25 levy for the worst-polluting vehicles.

Instead, he has said, he wants to re-consult on the western expansion of the congestion charge zone and make paying the charge easier by allowing people to do it on a monthly basis.


Mr Johnson wants more police on trains and stations and is keen to improve river transport in the capital.

He plans to lobby for powers to fine utility firms for roadwork delays and rephase the city's traffic lights saying it will make vehicles run more smoothly.

As far as air travel is concerned, Mr Livingstone has opposed any airport expansion in London.

Mr Johnson says he is opposed to expansion at Heathrow describing it as "a planning error of the 1960s", but he has talked about a possible new airport in the Thames estuary.

Mr Johnson has said he will negotiate a no-strike deal with the tube unions, under which pay deals will be put out to an independent arbiter.


Tackling street crime, particularly knife crime and gang violence, was Mr Johnson's biggest election campaign issue.

Mr Livingstone said if he was re-elected he would reduce crime by 6% a year.

Mr Johnson wants to move away from a target-driven approach and has pledged to provide 50 more British transport police officers and 440 extra police support officers.

He also wants give more powers to community support officers to strengthen neighbourhood policing as well as reduce police bureaucracy.


After signing the declaration as mayor on Saturday, Mr Johnson said again how he wanted to increase the number of affordable homes in London by 50,000 by 2011.

In his manifesto, Mr Livingstone wanted to go further and make 50% of new homes affordable, with a minimum of 50,000 in the next three years.

Mr Johnson will also have to live up to his promise to develop more family homes and protect back gardens from development.

He also wants to invest millions of pounds in renovating more than 80,000 empty properties in the capital to get low-income people off housing waiting lists.


Mr Johnson will be in charge of London in the run up to it hosting the Olympic games.

He says he wants to ensure that the 2012 Olympics legacy lasts for decades not just the three weeks of the actual event by creating improved transport links, world-class sports facilities and many new jobs.

He has also said he will make sure that no more London taxpayers' money is spent on the Olympics than is currently budgeted for.

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Party +/- Total +/- Total
CON 257 3155 12 65
LAB -334 2365 -9 18
LD 33 1804 1 12
PC 31 205 -1 0
OTH 10 898 0 0
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