Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, visits Harrow Central Mosque

Harrow Times: Boris Johnson visited Harrow today Boris Johnson visited Harrow today

Flustered and running slightly late, a familiar looking mop of blond hair greeted travellers at Harrow-on-the-Hill station today.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson was in town to visit Harrow Central Mosque and meet members of the local Muslim community - but also gave support to the Tories' prospective parliamentary candidate for the Harrow West constituency Hannah David, a former Hertsmere borough councillor.

Following a typically Boris-like briefing, in which the tired mayor asked for a cup of tea only to have it whisked away from him, he suggested accessibility arrangements at Harrow station would be reconsidered.

He then walked to meet worshippers at Harrow Central Mosque, where he said his great grandfather had been a muslim refugee.

And with police station closures announced recently, as well as the borough's police commander announcing his resignation, high street trade suffering and political parties trading blows over council tax, there was plenty to talk about when he stopped to talk to Times reporter Emma Innes.

Emma's interview will appear in full on this website and in next week's Times.

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9:32pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Methodman says...

You can tell when Boris is lying,his lips move.
You can tell when Boris is lying,his lips move. Methodman

10:14pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Sue Anderson says...

Pleased to hear that Boris is reconsidering the accessibility arrangements at Harrow on the Hill station - it would have been really great to be able to discuss this with him as one of the ward councillors who has been actively campaigning for step free access. Mustn't grumble though, when the council heard from Boris in 2012 he said Harrow on the Hill would be stepfree by 2031. At the meeting of the Harrow Public Transport Users Association a fortnight ago the Tfl representative was unable to give us a definite earlier date. But a fortnight is a long time in politics....
Pleased to hear that Boris is reconsidering the accessibility arrangements at Harrow on the Hill station - it would have been really great to be able to discuss this with him as one of the ward councillors who has been actively campaigning for step free access. Mustn't grumble though, when the council heard from Boris in 2012 he said Harrow on the Hill would be stepfree by 2031. At the meeting of the Harrow Public Transport Users Association a fortnight ago the Tfl representative was unable to give us a definite earlier date. But a fortnight is a long time in politics.... Sue Anderson

1:03pm Thu 31 Jan 13

pricklypilgrim says...

Closing police stations and giving support for erecting blocks of flats wherever they can be squeezed in, so that Harrow can continue to accommodate Kensington & Chelsea's quota of incoming refugees. Bog off, Boris - you're wrecking our borough (although one must admit that 'our' council is helping you....)
Closing police stations and giving support for erecting blocks of flats wherever they can be squeezed in, so that Harrow can continue to accommodate Kensington & Chelsea's quota of incoming refugees. Bog off, Boris - you're wrecking our borough (although one must admit that 'our' council is helping you....) pricklypilgrim

1:45pm Thu 31 Jan 13

harrowKing says...

Remember the West Harrow by-election is next month – Mr Johnson never misses an opportunity to visit Harrow - with him, what you see, you hardly get - don't fall for his good looks!!
Remember the West Harrow by-election is next month – Mr Johnson never misses an opportunity to visit Harrow - with him, what you see, you hardly get - don't fall for his good looks!! harrowKing

1:43am Fri 1 Feb 13

jande76959 says...

Is this the same Boris Johnson who's first act as Mayor of London was to cancel the making of Harrow on the Hill Station accessible despite the funding being in place - he now says that it will be made step free some time after 2031. It is safe to say he will not be mayor in almost 20 years time so its just more Boris Waffle!
Is this the same Boris Johnson who's first act as Mayor of London was to cancel the making of Harrow on the Hill Station accessible despite the funding being in place - he now says that it will be made step free some time after 2031. It is safe to say he will not be mayor in almost 20 years time so its just more Boris Waffle! jande76959

2:00am Fri 1 Feb 13

jande76959 says...

Harrow Poice have lost over 100 offices since Boris came to power. Now Boris plans to sell of police stations. Can we trust Boris's reassurance that Neighbourhood Safety teams will be boosted? (Not til 2015 and than not to the level before Boris decimated them).
Why is not telling us is that this will be by disbanding CID squads and transfering detectives back into uniform. Criminals will be laughing whilst highly trained detectives plod around the streets.
A disgrace
Harrow Poice have lost over 100 offices since Boris came to power. Now Boris plans to sell of police stations. Can we trust Boris's reassurance that Neighbourhood Safety teams will be boosted? (Not til 2015 and than not to the level before Boris decimated them). Why is not telling us is that this will be by disbanding CID squads and transfering detectives back into uniform. Criminals will be laughing whilst highly trained detectives plod around the streets. A disgrace jande76959

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