As Mayor of London, he carefully selected and built an effective team around him to deliver on his election promises. He trusted that team to get on with the job.
Lessons endure from my polling study of our new Prime Minister, carried out six years ago when he was London’s Mayor.
Independent research found that pupils in schools offering a free, nutritious breakfast boosted their results by an average of two months’ progress over a year.
His passion for social justice was reinforced by a visit to Michaela Community School – of which I was Chairman of Governors.
Hitting Londoners with a tax for driving when they have no alternative is unfair. More electric car charging points and improved public transport are needed.
At one point, City Hall officials told me the only way to get a project done was to hire external lawyers to take City Hall’s procurement lawyers to court.
The then EU Budget Commissioner told me that giving control of this funding to national governments would make it subject to “democratic whim”.
When Johnson was Mayor, challenging performance targets were set – and a credible plan implemented to ensure they were achieved.
Johnson ordered them, at the request of the police. There was no indication from the Home Office that a licence would be refused.
I’m backing him to be the next Mayor of London. He will work tirelessly to deliver and he will lead.
It is funded at a lower level than schools, and yet is expected to put right much that has gone wrong. Technical courses need higher esteem.
No celebrity candidates. No non-Tories. Bailey, Boff and Morrissey have all spent years campaigning, knocking on doors, handing out leaflets in the sun and in the rain.
The focus is on the choice of candidate. But the first consideration should be what the message should be and how it can be conveyed.
The police know where the hot spots are. They must identify the most harmful gang members and can give them a stark choice.
Rather than making excuses, a united effort is needed to break up the gangs.