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Mayor Johnson vows to cut crime

Boris Johnson speech at City Hall

Boris Johnson has pledged to tackle the "scourge" of crime on London's transport system as a key priority in his new role as mayor of the city.

After signing the declaration of office at City Hall, Mr Johnson said it was time to put ideological rancour aside and focus on improving quality of life.

He also vowed to "have an administration that looks after taxpayers' value".

The Conservative candidate defeated the Labour incumbent Ken Livingstone.

Mr Johnson won with 1,168,738 first and second preference votes, compared with Mr Livingstone's 1,028,966 on a record turnout of 45%.

Liberal Democrat Brian Paddick came third and the Greens' Sian Berry came fourth.

In a brief speech to supporters at City Hall, Mr Johnson quipped that he was certain there were "shredding machines quietly puffing and panting away" throughout the building as his Labour predecessor prepared to move out.

Boris Johnson: 1,168,738
Ken Livingstone: 1,028,966

Mr Johnson officially takes over as mayor at midnight on Sunday but began his policing and transport briefings immediately after signing the declaration of office.

Both Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair and transport commissioner Peter Hendy were on hand for Mr Johnson's inaugural speech.

Elected on what he described as "a very, very clear series of manifestos", Mr Johnson said he would waste no time in implementing his wide-ranging agenda.

'Unite London'

Key priorities include making public transport safer.

Newall House in  Borough, London, where a boy was found stabbed
Mr Johnson spoke about crime hours after a boy was killed in London

"We are going to double the size of the safer transport teams to get people the sense of safety and security on the buses that they deserve," he said.

"I think there is a vital necessity to drive out so-called minor crime and disorder as a way of driving out more serious crime."

Just hours after yet another teenager was stabbed to death in the city - the twelfth teenager killed this year - he said he would use the resources of the mayor's office to address youth violence.

"This problem of kids growing up without boundaries and getting lost in tragic and self-destructive choices is the number one issue we face in this city.

"It is the job of me as mayor to lead the fight back against it and that is what I want to do and I hope you will all join me in doing it."

Other items on his agenda include revisiting the controversial congestion charging policies in central and west London, building 50,000 more homes, increasing river transport options and amending the London Plan to ensure back garden space is protected from development.

Mr Johnson said his new job included the need to build bridges with communities.

"It is vital for a mayor of London to bring people together, and to unite London, and to serve every community in London impartially."

Livingstone praised

In his earlier victory speech, Mr Johnson praised Mr Livingstone for his public service.

"You shaped the office of mayor. You gave it national prominence and when London was attacked on 7 July 2005 you spoke for London."

Boris Johnson is greeted by supporters as he arrives at City Hall

He acknowledged that many voters had second thoughts about backing him before casting their votes and said he would work to earn the trust of those that had opposed him.

"I will work flat out to repay and to justify your confidence. We have a new team ready to go into City Hall.

"Where there have been mistakes we will rectify them, where there are achievements we will build on them, where there are neglected opportunities we will seize on them."

Mr Livingstone arrived at City Hall before Mr Johnson's speech and told reporters he was only in to "clear out my desk".

After the results were announced he said the Labour party had worked hard on his behalf and accepted responsibility for his own defeat.

Tory leader David Cameron praised Mr Johnson for a "serious and energetic campaign" and said his party was "winning the battle of ideas".

Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Paddick paid tribute to Ken Livingstone and indicated he would not be interested in working with Mr Johnson.

Mr Johnson is expected to stand down as MP for Henley, triggering a by-election.

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  Councillors Councils
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
NOC - - -3 64
159 of 159 councils declared.

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London Mayoral results
Overall results
Name Party Votes
Johnson CON 1,168,738
Livingstone LAB 1,028,966
Paddick LD 878,097
Berry GRN 409,101

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London Assembly Results
Overall results
Party Constit' Top-up Total seats
CON 8 3 11
LAB 6 2 8
LD 0 3 3
GRN 0 2 2
BNP 0 1 1

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