At today’s Mayor’s Question Time at City Hall, Boris came under pressure over his plans to cut 12 fire stations, 18 fire engines and 520 firefighters. He had to respond to the arguments and questions of Labour group members in front of a public gallery packed by fire fighters and concerned members of the public who had come along to express their opposition to the plans. At one point the session had to be adjourned after the public gallery demonstrated against the Mayor’s plans and staged a walk-out in protest.
Prior to the session, I joined this group and my colleagues for a rally outside City Hall.
During the session, I backed calls for the Mayor to re-consider his reckless plans, to listen to Londoners and protect our frontline fire services. We all know that savings have to be made, the London Fire Brigade has already saved £66 million from the back office. Boris is cutting too far and all to fund his penny a day council tax cut, at the end of the year what would you rather have, £3.70 or a fully funded fire service that can respond to incidents more quickly?