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Safe and Secure

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in CampaignsshareShare
Aug
31

Hackers Could Be Costing the London Economy £35Billion a Year

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare
Aug
31

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A recent report has estimated that 329,000 companies in London could have experienced an online security breach, with a potential cost to the economy of over £35Billion.

It also found that the vast majority of the businesses potentially affeced by security breaches, an estimated 327,000 , were small organisations with 249 employees or less.

The new report Safe & Secure: Protecting London’s data proposes a new ‘Mayoral Standard’ for data security to help protect London consumers and businesses and from data theft.

This standard would allow companies that comply with a set list of security requirements to receive a stamp of approval. This would help companies keep up to date with security best practices, but also help provide piece of mind to consumers.

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Mayor’s affordable housing requirements for TfL land could lead to big losses

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare
Aug
23

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The Mayor is being urged not to sell Transport for London land with a 50% affordable housing requirement as it could violate parliament’s GLA Act.

Following the release of a Mayoral Decision document by City Hall, Mayor Khan was told he could not sell TfL land in Kidbrooke with the 50% affordable requirement as it “will lead to less than the maximum return available” and that breaches paragraph 29 of Schedule 11 of the GLA Act.

As a result the Mayor is attempting to build a loophole by starting a “joint venture company (JVCo)” so that the land can be sold at lower values.

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100 Days of broken promises from Sadiq Khan

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in OpinionshareShare
Aug
16

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Sadiq Khan has spent 100 days in reverse gear, running away from his campaign promises at a breathtaking rate

He promised in his campaign that Londoners wouldn’t pay another cent for their travel in London by freezing fares, and that has not happened. Only single fares will be frozen leaving Travelcard and daily cap users paying more every year.

He promised 80,000 home built a year, and now he says that was an aspiration.

He promised 50% affordable housing requirement on new developments. He couldn’t achieve this, again called it an aspiration, and has watered down the policy into a 35% fixed rate on new private developments.

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Mayor taking wrong approach on Southern Rail takeover

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in OpinionshareShare
Aug
12

Keith

Sadiq Khan, in once again calling for TfL to take over the day-to-day running of Southern Rail, is casting himself as commuter’s knight in shining armour.

The reality however is that TfL running Southern’s disastrous services would be a monumental mistake, and a far costlier and riskier endeavour than using contractors, as it already does with other services like London Overground.

Southern needs reform from the ground up –something TfL will not be able to deliver with its existing team. The Mayor needs to stop making grand gestures of heroism that would do little to change things and instead come up with a sensible solution to end the misery for commuters.

Southern Rail: An open letter to the Mayor of London

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare
Aug
11

Dear Mayor Khan,

In a recent letter to the Conservative Assembly Group Leader, Gareth Bacon, you wrote: "I have been very clear that I am committed to engaging with the unions and developing constructive relationship based on partnership, not division. Within the first few weeks of entering City Hall, I spoke by phone to representative of the RMT, ASLEF, GMB, Unite, TSSA, FBU and Unison. This was important to change the tone of engagement between City Hall and the unions."

I appreciate that Southern Rail and Eurostar are not controlled by Transport for London and therefore do not come under your remit, but it is fair to state that the actions of the RMT union do directly impact upon the daily lives of millions of Londoners.

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Police car crashes on the increase in London

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare
Aug
11

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Data shows three-year increase in number of collisions

The number of crashes involving police cars pursuing other vehicles and responding to 999 calls is on the increase in London, figures show.

There were 1,748 collisions involving police vehicles responding to emergency calls between April 2015 and April 2016 – 256 more crashes than in 2013/14.

In 2015/16 there were 498 collisions involving police cars pursuing other vehicles – an increase of 64 crashes on the previous year.

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27,000 Metropolitan Police computers running ‘dangerously out-of-date’ Windows XP

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare
Aug
9

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Windows XP no longer receives official security updates, leaving Londoners’ information at risk

The Metropolitan Police needs to accelerate the updating of its computer systems or risk Londoners’ information, says London Assembly Member Andrew Boff.

Currently 27,000 Met computers run Windows XP, first launched in 2001. The 14 year-old operating system has been without official support for over two years leaving it seriously vulnerable to hackers. The Metropolitan Police are currently forced to pay for security patches instead of receiving free updates with more-current software.

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Mayor ‘standing idle’ while Southern commuters suffer

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare
Aug
9

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Sadiq Khan ‘failing to represent Londoners’ over RMT strike

Sadiq Khan is failing to represent Londoners by refusing to intervene in the industrial dispute affecting Southern Rail customers, London Assembly member Keith Prince says.

The Mayor of London has declined to get involved in the row between the RMT and Govia Thameslink, which is causing commuter misery for many thousands of people in south London.

Conservative London Assembly member Keith Prince believes the Mayor is well placed to address the problem and claims he has a duty to stand up to the RMT on Londoners’ behalf.

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