2 days ago by Jessica Brown
Among the politicians sharing their sympathy for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire yesterday, Boris Johnson’s tweet has received an angry reception.
People have very good memories – and Johnson’s previous role as Mayor of London has seemingly come back to haunt him.
During his time as Mayor of London, Mr Johnson’s cuts in 2014 led to the closure of 10 fire stations and the loss of 552 firefighter jobs. This followed on from an eight per cent reduction in fire staff between 2007 and 2012.
At the time, Labour Assembly leader Andrew Dismore raised the issue of these cuts during a meeting at City Hall.
The member asked:
How can cutting fire stations, cutting fire engines and cutting firefighters post not be a reduction in fire cover? You’ve lied to the people of London.
Johnson’s reply was telling him to “get stuffed”.
Here’s the clip people are re-sharing online in the wake of the disaster yesterday: