LSP5 (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Jennette Arnold OBE (AM): A couple of points. Mr Mayor, it just seems to me that you have been misled. The LSP5 is not fair and equitable, and I say this when you look at all the wards in my constituency they have all got increases on the arrival of the first appliances and De Beauvoir ward in Hackney, where we had a full assembly hall meeting, they are being asked to hold their breath for an extra three-and-a-half minutes. Can you hold your breath for three-and-a-half minutes whilst you wait for a fire engine? No you cannot. Will you be brave enough to come to the Islington consultation to hear the people and hear what they think about your proposal to close Clerkenwell Station? That meeting is next Tuesday at Islington Town Hall at 7.00pm. Will you be there?

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Answer for LSP5 (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for LSP5 (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I think it highly unlikely, Jennette, but I will have a look.

Jennette Arnold OBE (AM): You should be there. It is your home borough.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I will tell you why I will not be there, because I think what we want to have in this debate is maximum possible elucidation of the issues and the minimum possible political argy-bargy and point scoring.

Jennette Arnold OBE (AM): You could go and put your side of the argument.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I am afraid, much though I respect my political opponents, I think that they would use it as an opportunity really just to waste everybody's time. So let us concentrate on the facts, let us look at the arguments and let us hear the discussions. To get back to Navin's [Shah AM] original question, the consultation is going well and I think most people can see that the LFB is continuing to do a very good job of driving down fires. Our job is to give them the tools to do that job.