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Ken wants police and free fares
Ken Livingstone
Mr Livingstone published the first report of his second term
London mayor Ken Livingstone has put more beat police, children's bus fares and climate change at the top of his agenda for the next 12 months.

In his annual report, Mr Livingstone said he would press on with plans for free bus travel for under-16s and five extra police beat teams per borough.

He said devolved power to London was "reversing the legacy of decades of neglect" with more buses and police.

But his political rivals on the London Assembly say he has run out of ideas.

Mr Livingstone counts among other successes rising bus numbers - which bucks the national trend - less congestion and record police numbers.

Ken Livingstone has failed to tackle many of the most important problems facing London and Londoners
Graham Tope
London Assembly Lib Dems

He said the Annual London Survey showed most Londoners felt things were improving and counts among his achievements bringing recycling to 78% of homes in London.

Now he wants to set up a London Climate Change Agency to promote energy efficiency

But the Assembly's Lib Dem leader Graham Tope said: "Ken Livingstone has failed to tackle many of the most important problems facing London and Londoners.

"This report demonstrates that in his second term, Ken Livingstone has run out of ideas and appears reliant on the Olympic 2012 bid being successful for him to justify his time as Mayor."

The Conservatives accused him of breaking his promises on fare rises, of doubling the council tax precept and of running out of ideas to deal with "London's crumbling transport system, increasingly violent streets and housing crisis".




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