Sta­tion threat sparks quar­rel

MAYOR AND EX-MAYOR AT LOG­GER­HEADS AF­TER BORIS BLASTS PLAN TO SHUT UXBRIDGE PO­LICE BASE

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

SADIQ Khan has taken aim at his pre­de­ces­sor and Lon­don MP Boris John­son, ask­ing him to “put the safety of lo­cal peo­ple be­fore party pol­i­tics”.

The Mayor of Lon­don di­rected his com­ments at the Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip MP, ask­ing him to put pres­sure on the govern­ment to in­crease fund­ing for Metropoli­tan Po­lice .

Ac­cord­ing to Chief Con­sta­ble Sara Thorn­ton, chair of the Na­tional Po­lice Chiefs’ Coun­cil, counter ter­ror fund­ing in the cap­i­tal could be cut by 7% in real terms over the next three years.

Since 2010 the force has had to make sav­ings to­talling £600 mil­lion, much of which dur­ing Boris John­son’s ten­ure as mayor, and with Theresa May as Home Sec­re­tary.

The govern­ment is now de­mand­ing a fur­ther £400 mil­lion to be saved by 2021, which could force po­lice sta­tion front coun­ters to shut across Lon­don.

Sadiq Khan is also plan­ning to merge back-of­fice po­lice func­tions in a bid to keep po­lice of­fi­cer num­bers high while cut­ting down on the costs of run­ning the po­lice’s es­tate.

Boris John­son tweeted “use­less Sadiq plans to close Uxbridge Po­lice Sta­tion. Hilling­don Coun­cil says he is wrong and so do I” af­ter a con­sul­ta­tion was started which, if ap­proved, would mean just one front counter re­mains in Hilling­don.

The Mayor hit back say­ing that Mr John­son him­self had closed half of Lon­don’s po­lice front­coun­ters and said: “Keep­ing Lon- don­ers safe is my high­est pri­or­ity – but it’s get­ting harder every year be­cause of th­ese huge Tory cuts to the Met po­lice.

“The govern­ment have forced the Met to take some re­ally dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions - but be­cause of th­ese cuts it’s the only way to keep po­lice of­fi­cer num­bers as high as pos­si­ble.

“Boris John­son should be fo­cus­ing his anger on the govern­ment he sup­ports, rather than on the Met.

“Rather than play­ing party pol­i­tics he should be con­cerned with public safety.

“He now has a real op­por­tu­nity to put the safety of lo­cal peo­ple ahead of party pol­i­tics by push­ing his Tory govern­ment to en­sure the Met re­ceives the fund­ing it needs at the bud­get on Novem­ber 22.”

Mayor Sadiq Khan hit back say­ing Tory cuts have hit the Met of­fice

Boris John­son tweeted ‘us­less Sadiq plans to close Uxbridge Po­lice Sta­tion’

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