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PRESS RELEASE: LIB DEMS CONDEMN LABOUR RETREAT ON FIRE SERVICES

September 27, 2013 10:41 PM

Lib Dems Condemn Labour Retreat on Fire Services - Councillor Mahmood Hussain

The Waltham Forest Liberal Democrats have a long standing campaign against the Mayor's fire cuts and have been working with colleagues across London to try and stop the plans to axe our fire engines.

Last week the Labour council in Waltham Forest withdrew from the judicial review aimed at making the Mayor rethink his plans. Local Liberal Democrats believe that by backing down Labour have dealt a huge blow to the campaign to save our fire services.

Councillor Mahmood Hussain said:

"Labour clearly went ahead without thinking and then got cold feet."

"Withdrawing now makes it seem as if we're not confident the case can be won. We should be backing our fire fighters and standing with other Borough's against the Mayor's cuts."

"It's becoming clearer that when it comes to cuts to local services, Labour's commitment to fairness is only words and not action. They are giving the Tory Mayor a free pass to do what he wants with our Fire Services."