December 13 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Firefighters portested outside City Hall this morning against the closure of fire stations across London.
The group, members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), were demonstrating ahead of Mayor’s Question Time, during which London Assembly members will get the chance to quiz mayor Boris Johnson.
Under the cuts, approved by Mr Johnson, 10 stations, 14 engines and more than 550 jobs will be axed.
FBU London secretary, Paul Embery, said: “We went to City Hall to tell Boris Johnson that his cuts are reckless and wrong.
“There is widespread hostility to these cuts which would lead to an increase in response times for four million Londoners.
“In a service where seconds really do count, this would inevitably cost lives. The mayor should abandon his plans and keep his pre-election promise not to cut fire cover in London.”
In June Mayor’s Question Time was temporarily suspended when protesters in the public gallery began chanting “No ifs, no buts, no fire service cuts”.