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Andrew Boff: Conservative candidate for Mayor of Hackney

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Andrew Boff, London Assembly Member and Conservative candidate for Mayor of Hackney
Andrew Boff, London Assembly Member and Conservative candidate for Mayor of Hackney

Andrew Boff lives near Broadway Market, and has been active in local politics and the local community for several years.

He was elected as a London Assembly member in 2008 and sits on several committees, and is the Conservative Group lead on the Olympics.

He is also a member of the Broadway Market Traders’ and Residents’ Association, chair of the RCC Youth Club and is the Mayor of London’s Ambassador for Cycling in London.

In his various public roles, Andrew has campaigned to keep Broadway Market run as a social enterprise, has got the London Assembly’s support for more family housing and has opposed the plans for the Bishops Place development in Shoreditch.

Boff has previously been a councillor for Queensbridge ward, and was leader of Hillingdon Council before moving to Hackney in 1993. He came second in both the 2002 and 2006 Hackney Mayoral elections.

A selection of Andrew Boff’s policies:

Hackney needs all the talents

“Hackney Council has been a one party state for too long. I will approach members of ALL non-racist parties to serve as Cabinet members.”

No more tower blocks

“Hackney, like Richmond, will not permit any new skyscrapers or tower blocks. Tower blocks belong in Hackney’s past, not its future.”

Hackney for families

“All publicly funded housing will be low rise family homes, preferably with gardens, to alleviate the severe problem of overcrowding in our estates.”

Trust the parents

“The Learning Trust has been a failure. Headteachers working with governing bodies will be given more freedom to deliver from the dead hand of the Learning Trust Bureaucrats.”

Cut the cost of the cabinet to zero

“The Mayor and his cabinet pay themselves £335,000 a year. The role of cabinet member should be a voluntary one. The honour of public service as a cabinet member should be reward enough. My cabinet will cost zero in salaries. I will not take a salary and the members of the cabinet will be appointed only if they agree not to take the salary.”
“In 2012 there will be a referendum to decide if Hackney residents want to continue to have an executive Mayor.”

Local control needs local funds

“Each ward will be allocated a £50,000 ‘Local Fund’ which will be spent on local projects by the local councillors sitting in open session. This will be increased throughout the lifetime of the next administration. Councillors need more power over decisions in their wards.”

Right the injustice of the property sales

“I will right the profound injustice of the small shopkeepers who … [have lost]…  their properties, including Spirit of Broadway Market, during the property sales programme of the early 1990s.”

End the neglect of our youth

“Knife crime and the death of Young people in Hackney is directly attributable to the lack of investment in young people in Hackney. I will ensure more support for regular activities for young people by scrapping the £1 million being spent on the council’s ‘free’ newspaper, Hackney Today.”

End the estates levy

“Residents on Hackney’s housing estates have increasingly had to pay twice for street lighting, twice for cleaning, twice for refuse collection. I will make sure that process is halted and reversed.”

Find out more about Andrew Boff on his website, ChangeHackney.

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Note: this article was originally published 22 March 2010 and was then re-pubilshed 24 April 2010

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  1. “The role of cabinet member should be a voluntary one. The honour of public service as a cabinet member should be reward enough. My cabinet will cost zero in salaries. I will not take a salary and the members of the cabinet will be appointed only if they agree not to take the salary.”

    This is extraordinary, really, really no pay to govern a £1,000,000,000/annum organisation spending £600,000,000 on procurement and responsible for the most vulnerable in our community? Wow. But how about market forces? What happens when the talent is attracted to paid full time positions? Or more amusingly the Council falls foul on rules about minimum wage employment?

    I hope that the democratic offering isn’t reflected in this preposterous nonsense from an Assembly Member no less, wanting two jobs, one of which he would gladly ‘honour’ for free, but I know that of the 350 candidates 300 are paper candidates that have never, ever attended a meeting of the business of the Council, including some Mayoral candidates!

    I simply wish that there was more seriousness and commitment to this, the only variable affecting my son and his peer group’s economic opportunities, than on display here. It is simply an issue of insufficient competition reducing range and quality, and illustrated right here, quality has reached a very real low point.

    Yuck, rotten fruit.

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  2. “I will ensure more support for regular activities for young people by scrapping the £1 million being spent on the council’s ‘free’ newspaper, Hackney Today.”

    At Full Council on the 3 March, the Mayor finally stuck it to this nonsense with a full costing of the Hackney Today and the difference in price between statutory notices appearing in the Gazette or the Today newspapers carried out by the Finance & Resources Directorate’s bean counters. Their conclusion was a saving of £40,000/annum at a loss of all benefits from the dissemination of information about this £billion/annum local authority to its 280,000 tenants and residents.

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  3. Jed,
    Paying elected politicians high salaries ensconces them in the political class. I’ve led a London borough and can quite confidently say that once you start paying over the odds for elected officials they start to wonder where their loyalties lie.
    As to Hackney Today, ask about internal recharges from departmental budgets and you get a whole different picture.
    http://blogs.pressgazette.co.uk/wire/5401

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  4. Hello Andrew

    Thanks for making these distinctions for me as I may seem like an expert but am only an elector even if I wanted to be a candidate.

    My point is still true that any vision or ambition for our community is missing in your election address and I want a competitive democratic offering.

    No fault of yours, I know but no journalist attended O&S [Overview and Scrutiny], G&R [Governance and Resources], or Full Council [meetings] in the run-up to the local elections, and then only a handful of candidates did either.

    I know for a fact that none of either have read the borough’s keystone strategy, the Sustainable Communities Strategy.

    I know none have read or even know what the Best Use of Resources Programme is, or the 21st Century Councillor Project is either, with the exception of a few already sitting councillors.

    Anyway, I am involved in the Economic Development Strategy consultation, so may I ask if you are too, as publisher of the E5 Magazine and as Tory Mayoral candidate?

    Or maybe you aren’t aware of this area of the business of the Council?

    It is a big organisation of 4,000 staff so it is very easy not to be and so clearly needs to attract talented leaders to grasp such a wide remit of responsibilities; check out the Council’s Image and Reputation Programme.

    Do you now agree with me, if only slightly, and wish to squeeze onto the Liberal Democrat candidate Adrian Gee-Turner’s half-wage vision/ambition positioning?

    My son and his peer group demand much, much more than this utter rubbish but again, thanks for replying and for clarifying your data.

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  5. FYI

    https://www.emapawards.com/emap/frontend/reg/tOtherPage.csp?pageID=48307&ef_sel_menu=1003&eventID=13&eventID=13

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  6. @ Jed

    “Market forces” is the wonderful argument used for juicy Hackney Council officer (esp directorate level) salaries. The premise being, you pay top cash, you get top people.

    In reality, it’s same old Hackney, jobs for the boys – except now, the boys are very well remunerated.

    I’m sick of managers who can’t manage. Our Council is beholden to property developers – and the essence of Hackney, (the arts/sense of community) is being stripped away – and not even to the highest bidder.

    ITNet, Clissold Leisure Centre, Broadway Market, the Dalston Disaster, the Vortex. How much more, Jed? We paid them “market forces” rates – and we got utter chaos, incompetence and spin in return.

    “Market forces” has created a retirement home entitlement mentality for council officers and members alike.

    Under Andrew Boff’s plan, good people would step up, and would do it for the challenge – and not for the cushty jackpot cream of winning the seat on Cabinet.

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