Wednesday 22 November 2017

Emails reveal life of Mayor Boris

Copies of emails sent to and from Mr Johnson's official City Hall account have been revealed
Copies of emails sent to and from Mr Johnson's official City Hall account have been revealed

As well as running one of the world's largest cities, Boris Johnson has to field requests for everything from his favourite recipe to joining Army paratroopers on a skydive.

The London Mayor's correspondence ranges from a plea for "Boris bikes" for district nurses to an inquiry from a survivor of the 7/7 terrorist attacks wanting to be involved in the 2012 Olympics.

His inbox also contains a mixture of fan mail - one writer praises his "straight-to-the-point and believable attitude" and concludes "hopefully (we) will see you some day at No 10" - and trenchant criticism.

Copies of emails sent to and from Mr Johnson's official City Hall account, obtained through a Freedom of Information request, show how his office takes an interest in the minutiae of public services across the capital.

On September 10 2010 the Mayor responded to a request for accredited buskers to be allowed to sell CDs and other merchandise in Tube stations, saying that London Underground was "unlikely" to allow the move.

But he was more positive about a suggestion that extra docking stations for his bicycle-hire scheme, nicknamed "Boris bikes", be installed in locations convenient for district nurses in Islington, north London.

A week later he reassured a resident of Stonecot Hill, south London, that Transport for London had taken steps to stop a CCTV camera from filming their house.

The messages demonstrate how Mr Johnson has divided public opinion since his election in May 2008.

One correspondent said a visiting German exchange student was "VERY impressed" by a trip to London because "everywhere was clean, no rubbish, there were no drunks on the Tube, there were no homeless people sleeping in the streets or doorways".

But that same month a critic wrote to the Mayor: "Dear Boris, please resign. You (are) clever and funny and that, but to be honest, it ain't enough. You are a bad Mayor and should leave quickly... All the best in your new job (so long as it doesn't involve power or the UK)."

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