Erith and Thamesmead MP protests against fire cuts
PUBLISHED: 16:31 02 November 2012
A letter protesting against cuts to the London Fire Brigade (LFB), which would put firefighters jobs at risk, has been signed by Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce.
It was handed to London Mayor Boris Johnson by many of London’s Labour MPs, trying to get him to reconsider the proposed cuts which could see 17 stations in the capital close and around 600 firefighters lose their jobs.
Ms Pearce said: “I am deeply concerned about the Mayor’s proposed cuts. I believe they would have a serious impact on the speed with which crews are able to attend fires.
“I am particularly concerned that one of the stations earmarked for closure is Woolwich station, which if it were to close would affect my constituents in Plumstead and possibly Thamesmead.
“I hope Boris Johnson will listen to these concerns and reconsider these dangerous cuts which could result in significant property damage, job losses and potential loss of life”.
The LFB is facing severe cuts due to the government slashing its budget by 25 per cent. The budget was cut by £29.5m this year and is earmarked for a further cut of £35.3m next year.