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The body which oversees the London Fire Brigade has backed down in its battle with Boris Johnson over his cost-cutting plans for the service.

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Members of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority agreed at a meeting today to drop their opposition to the Mayor’s directive that it should consult on proposals to close 12 fire stations as part of plans to save £45million.

Mr Johnson threatened to take legal action if the authority did not go ahead with the consultation. The politicians have now opted not take part in what would be a costly battle in the courts.

It comes after the Mayor’s £16.5bn 2013/2014 budget was voted through at City Hall yesterday.

In response afterwards, London Assembly Member Darren Johnson, of the Green Party, said: “I now urge anyone concerned about the closure of 12 fire stations and the loss 18 fire appliances to respond to the consultation and speak out in favour of putting safety first. “The Mayor has himself stated that the result is not a forgone conclusion.

“If Londoners overwhelmingly reject the planned closures then the Mayor should reconsider his budget priorities.”

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