Boris quizzed over police cuts

The question and answer session comes at a time when the full extent of cuts to <city w:st=”on”><place w:st=”on”>London</place></city>’s emergency services has become clearer. In the past week the Mayor has confirmed which police and fire stations will be closed. A map outlining the extent of the cuts to emergency services across <city w:st=”on”><place w:st=”on”>London</place></city> has been compiled by Labour Group Leader Len Duvall AM.

The closures across the capital include: the loss of nine out of 32 A&E; cutting 12 fire stations, 18 fire engines and 560 fire-fighters; and the closure of 65 police front counters and stations.

The closures across <city w:st=”on”>Westminster</city> include: the loss <city w:st=”on”>Westminster</city>

Harrow Road

</street> and Marylebone police station.

Labour <place w:st=”on”><city w:st=”on”>London</city></place> Assembly Member Murad Qureshi said:

"We already know that <city w:st=”on”>Westminster</city> has lost 267 police officers in the last two years, but the Mayor’s plan confirms that the majority of <city w:st=”on”><place w:st=”on”>London</place></city>’s boroughs will have fewer police officers by 2015 than they did in 2010. All this is happening at a time when the London Fire Brigade and our Hospital Accident & Emergency Departments are also being cut back. This is further evidence that the Mayor and government are cutting too far, too fast and are hitting the frontline.”

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