London Lite Monday, 5 October 2009 MAYOR chAllenges cAMeROn with his sAvings plAn At pARtY cOnFeRence E Continued from Page 1 Bubblesban forall...er, youtoo,Alan cent of UK GDP, and taxes that pay for roads and schools and hospitals across this country. And that is why I am willing to take the fight to our friends and partners in Brussels against ill thought-out regulation. He told the conference that with public finances facing a brutal squeeze, cuts would have to be made in a compassionate way. He added that the tax revenues generated from the City were vital. I will oppose high marginal rates of taxation because they failed in the miserable Seventies, because they yield tiny sums of revenue and because they only serve to drive away talent. Mr Johnson said the City was not s o m u c h a p ro b le m a s a vital part of the solution to the economic downturn. The Mayor also challenged Tory leader David Cameron today to cut costs by unveiling a plan for 5bn of savings over nine years at City Hall. Promising a freeze on the council tax precept -- the Mayors share -- Mr Johnson said he had found how to slash more than a quarter of the non-operational costs of Transport for London, while vowing not a single Tube or bus drivers job would be lost. In a move that was so secret even the shadow Cabinet was unaware of its scale, the plan was hatched after months of City Hall staff going through the books searching for savings. Mr Johnson declared that this is how the Tories can cut. Big-ticket items such as Crossrail, rebuilding eight Tube lines, the 2012 Olympics, the extension of the DLR and the East London Line will not be threatened by the Mayors cuts. TORY rifts over Europe deepened today despite David Camerons attempts to stop the row overshadowing the conference. As pro-European and Eurosceptic Conservative MPs clashed over the EU Treaty, Boris Johnson called for people to be given a say on key parts. Speaking to BBC Breakfast, the Mayor appeared to back up reports that Mr Cameron will rule out a referendum on ratifying the treaty in the UK. Tory party officials were insisting that nothing had been ruled in or out. Boris tells the tories how hed cut 5bn TechnicalSchoolswill getteensintoajob leadership cant stop rifts growing over eU Fizzing: Alan Duncan flouts the order THE TORIES today pledged a dozen new specialist schools offering advanced vocational skills for teenagers. The Technical Schools would teach science and engineering to 14- to 19-year-olds who want to go to work rather than university. Education spokesman Michael Gove is in talks with Boris Johnson about putting one of the colleges in London. Mr Gove said the colleges would provide high-quality vocational education. Smiles:Cameron andwife Samantha CONSERVATIVE chairman Eric Pickles today imposed a champagne ban on visitors to the partys annual conference. He said it was their duty to look humble and avoid offending voters hit by the financial crisis. Basically, I want to see less champagne bubbles and more bubbling activity, he said. Its actually a humbling thing, if people give us their trust against the background of a recession. It is genuinely humbling, and we expect people to reflect that. But MPs Alan Duncan, who complained that MPs were treated like s**t after the expenses scandal, and David Willetts were last night seen quaffing free champagne and enjoying the canaps at the New Statesman party at Manchester Town Hall. Just one, then: Tory David Willetts H BORIS JOHNSON looks like hes putting forward a serious case for joining the Ministry Of Silly Walks. The London Mayor held his arms out for balance as he larked around in the foyer of the Midland Hotel in Manchester this morning. He had just been out for a jog before conference business started today. Hejustwonttoetheline index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html