Commenting on the closure of ten fire stations in London on 9th January, Simon Hughes, Member of Parliament for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, said:
'These closures are not just disappointing, they are dangerous. Southwark Fire Station is one of the busiest stations in south London and provides a vital service to thousands of people. The closure of this and nine other stations is a huge and risky blow for London.
When people call 999 they won't be thinking about the small reduction in council tax the Mayor has chosen to prioritise, they will be thinking about their safety.
The Mayor has ignored the views of the London Fire Authority and local people and gone ahead with the entirely avoidable closure of ten fire stations. Local Liberal Democrats are 100% opposed to these closures.'