The Thought of Conservative Boris Johnson Fuming is Something we at FCCL All Relish.
And yesterday in London, at a meeting of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) Labour, Liberal and Green formed a coalition which overturned the proposal to close 12 fire stations, remove 18 engines and slash 520 firefighter posts in London in a vote 9-8.
But Boris its seems will carry on regardless and ignore the decision and continue with the proposals.
Paul Embery FBU regional secretary said
“We welcome the decision of the fire authority to reject these reckless and dangerous cuts. It was the right outcome. But Boris Johnson’s intervention is deplorable. It is arrogant in the extreme for the mayor to think he knows better than his own fire authority.
“The mayor’s unprecedented move raises all sorts of questions about democracy and accountability. He should listen to his fire authority; he should listen to the workforce, and he should listen to Londoners, the vast majority of whom oppose these cuts. If he pushes ahead, we will campaign vigorously to defend London’s fire service.
West Yorkshires own David Williams who attended, remarked when giving feedback on lessons learnt in West Yorkshires fight against cuts
"All i have to say is that these cuts were by a Labour fire authority - shame on them"
FCCL who have close links with the London campaign sent a message of solidarity to them in November as our friends and family were fighting the closure of New Cross Fire Station , you can read what we wrote HERE
As the local campaigns are starting to coalesce and start to gain significant momentum we do not doubt that here in West Yorkshire the councillors who constitute the Fire and Rescue Authority will at some point be called to account for their actions and votes on the 21st December 2012.
We enclose some links to information about the London decision starting with the Fire Brigades Union . The London Fire Brigade , the BBC , and Socialist Party
And whilst browsing sites to write this blog we found this from the London Fire Brigade -