Boris tells Tories not to cut Crossrail

Boris Johnson has told the Conservative Conference not to cut infrastructure spending in London.

The Mayor of London is urging the Government to find the cash for the £16 billion Crossrail project for London, on which work has already started. Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference he said he will fight any cuts to London’s transport infrastructure because of the wider implications of such a move, saying: “The buses, the railways, the Tube, cuts that would damage the ability of this country to compete internationally and to generate jobs for decades to come.”

“There would be no insurance industry in Norwich if it was not for London. There would be no financial service industry in Edinburgh, and great international law and accountancy firms would have no offices in Birmingham if they did not have offices in London,” he said.

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