Boris Johnson was left red-faced today after the Chancellor announced the rise in rail fares would be capped in line with inflation.
Closer examination of the figures paints a slightly different picture to the one the Mayor wants us to believe.
Fares in London are, on average, being held at the inflation rate for 2014 but some Tube season ticketholders will have to fork out more.
In a speech that roved across a wide-range of national policy areas, London Mayor Boris Johnson claimed that the former premier would back his plans for an airport in the Thames estuary.
He insisted she would row back on the decision under her tenure to cancel plans for a third airport in the capital.
In his What Would Thatcher do? speech, he said:
"Does anyone doubt that she would have the cojones to rectify that second mistake, and give this country the 24 hour hub airport, with four runways, that it needs? When she was in power there were flights from Heathrow to more destinations than from any other European airport."Would she sit back and watch the rest of them eat our lunch - the French and the Dutch and the Spanish, the Finns, for heaven's sake, who now send more flights to China than we do?
– BORIS JOHNSON, MAYOR OF LONDON
"She would understand that the plane is the 21st century means of travel, and the vital importance of connectivity to her vision of Britain: open, free-trading, as turned to Asia and Latin America as it is to its traditional markets."She would see that the best place to build that airport would be to the east of the city, which is, indeed, the area with the biggest potential for new homes."
London Mayor Boris Johnson has likened himself to Margaret Thatcher in a speech suggesting their approach would be "one and the same."
The Mayor said he would be in unison with the former Conservative prime minister on the way to tackle key problems Britain faces, such as housing, taxation, education, airport capacity. Giving the annual Centre for Policy Studies Margaret Thatcherlecture in London he said:
"I realise that there may be some confusion in my prescriptions between what I would do, what Maggie would do, and what the Government is about to do or is indeed already doing, did we but know it."I don't think it much matters, because the three are likely to turn out to be one and the same."
The Mayor has outlined his solution to the capital's chronic lack of housing. With prices continuing to increase across London, he's under pressure to take action to provide more affordable houses.
Today he announced 1 billion pounds to help create low-cost homes across the capital. Joanna Simpson reports.
London Mayor Boris Johnson will outline his vision for London's economy later in an annual speech.
It's part of the London Means Business dinner, which is a yearly event supporting the legacy of the London Olympic Games.
London Mayor Boris Johnson is expected to face tough questions on cycle safety today as he is quizzed by London Assembly Members during Mayor's Question Time.
Fourteen cyclists have been killed so far this year.
Mr Johnson will also be asked about housing provisions, the cost of living in the capital and benefit sanctions.
London Mayor Boris Johnson will decide today whether plans for a block of flats opposite the Ministry of Sound nightclub in Elephant and Castle should go ahead.
The club fears that if the development is approved, any future noise complaints from residents will lead to its closure.
The London Assembly will examine the City Hall budget today.
The Committee will focus on how decisions are made on possible future investment and which ones are likely to make the cut in the final 2014/15 budget.
Committee Members will also focus on how the spending plans will affect key Mayoral targets to boost growth and create 200,000 new jobs.
Leon Daniels from Transport for London offered his deepest sympathies after the latest death and appealed for all road users to look out for each other.
We are deeply saddened by this incidentand our thoughts are also with the family and friends of the other cyclists whohave recently lost their lives.
Cycling in London is growing, with almost double the number of cycle journeys on main roads in the capital than ten years ago. We are investing heavily in our cycling programme and our aim is to make cycling as safe as possible, with measures such as improved cycle routes and junctions across London.
– Leon Daniels, Managing Director of TfL Surface Transport
The safety of all road users is and remains a key priority for us. We have a number of safety campaigns targeting both drivers and cyclists underway across London which highlight the issues which could cause collisions. We would appeal to everyone to look out for each other and follow the rules of the road to remain safe."
London Mayor Boris Johnson has given his blessing to the new six-runway option for a Thames Estuary airport, saying:
– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
“This is further welcome argument in favour of the feasibility of having a new hub airport in the Thames estuary.
With so many options available for a multi-runway hub airport in a new location, it would be folly for the Airports Commission to give countenance to the prospect of expanding Heathrow, the most noise-polluting airport in Europe.”