Boris Johnson today admitted that he will break his promise to fund three new rape crisis centres in London.
In Boris's now deleted manifesto, he wrote that:
"It is nothing short of a disgrace that the government has cut the funding for Rape Crisis Centres in London, and I will release funds that Ken Livingstone has earmarked for his own personal press officers to be spent on providing long-term funding for new Rape Crisis Centres in London so the victims of this horrendous crime are no longer ignored..."London does not have enough Rape Crisis Centres, because of woefully inadequate funding from the Labour government. We will call upon the government to provide extra funding for this vital service. Additionally, we will act immediately to provide long-term funding for four Rape Crisis Centres in London..."In 2007/08 the budget for Mr. Livingstone’s Media and Marketing team was more than £3.6 million. A reduction of this by 20% would yield the £744,000 which would fund our commitment to dramatically increasing access to support services for rape victims.
"Quite simply, we believe that it is more important to fund Rape Crisis Centres than press officers."
Yet when Boris came into power he alloted over half a million pounds to his team of campaign members, spinners and public relations bods.
Within months he had cut £511,000 from his rape crisis budget.
Campaigners will now have to turn to our 'woefully inadequate' government to fulfill his pledge.
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