Clapham Labour have pledged to resist Tory plans to make cuts to vital emergency services after the elections in May. Just months after Labour forced them to abandon plans to close Clapham Fire Station, London Tories are seeking cuts to local police, fire and ambulance services.
Labour’s Linda Bray said: “Labour successfully fought to keep Clapham Fire Station open: now it looks like we’ll need to fight more cuts to our emergency services that would put the lives in Clapham at risk.”
The campaign to save Clapham Fire Station began after local councillors exposed the plan to close it. Local Tories were then forced into a humiliating U-turn after claims about fire engine response times were shown to be false.
Lambeth’s police force has lost a quarter of its officers since 2010 – the biggest cut in all of London – and police are now struggling to respond to increases in car crime and burglaries in the Clapham area.