Jan 31 2013 By Ian Proctor
MAYOR of London Boris Johnson returned to Harrow Central Mosque to endorse the Tory candidate for Harrow West.
He met visitors and toured the place of worship in Station Road, Harrow, with Hertsmere councillor and lawyer Hannah David, who will stand against incumbent Labour MP Gareth Thomas at the 2015 General Election.
Beforehand the Observer spoke to Mr Johnson, who explained: "I'm here to support Hannah, who is a great candidate and is going to be a fantastic MP.
"She has got lots of experience in local elections and is going to fight on classic Conservative values, simple stuff: good value Government, protecting services in Harrow, lobbying me to make sure we keep the number of local neighbourhood teams high and crime coming down, and making sure we have an administration that is able to keep its council tax down."
BORIS ON LIFTS AT HARROW-ON-THE-HILL STATION
"I saw Transport for London yesterday and we have a big list of stations and we want to try to leave a real disabled legacy so we're reviewing them all at the moment - it's a post-Paralympics review.
"Harrow on the Hill is a very well used station but there are some stations where there are big logistical difficulties, and how can we minimise the impact on travellers?
"We're going to do it if we possibly can but really we're not going to get it done before the end of this year."
BORIS ON THE OUTER LONDON FUND
"The Outer London Fund was about the most popular thing we did in my first term - it was more popular than the bikes, the buses and Crossrail.
"It really has made a difference. I'm really pleased that Harrow was able to get funding for the town centre.
"There will be a third round of the Outer London Fund."
BORIS ON THE BARCLAYS CYCLE HIRE SCHEME
"There will be a moment when the blue tide will lap at even Harrow on the Hill. Maybe one day."
BORIS ON POLICING
"The consultations are going pretty well. I think most people will understand our pledge to you is that if you're a victim of crime you will get a personal visit immediately by a police officer and that's basically how people want to interact.
"Sometimes police stations and front counters have been intimidating and not been well used.
"There are people who don't want to report a crime in this context.
"Lots of things that happen at police front counters can be done elsewhere. We will keep a 24-hour police station in every borough.
"There will also be contact points. We are working with local people and councils to identify locations where you can ask to meet Safer Neighbourhoods Teams and police officers if you want to.
"We will be identifying between 8 and 10 in each borough.
"The overwhelming priority is to convert superfluous bricks and mortar into bobbies on the beat.
"We have to be sensitive to the needs of the victim. We have got to improve people's experience of the police by getting the cops to them in the street or wherever they want to meet us."