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There has been a dramatic development today over the controversial plans for the future of London's Fire Service.
Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris gave his analysis to Charlene White.
Labour London Assembly Fire Spokesperson Navin Shah AM said:
The Mayor 's office described the move as "an unprecedented step" which they were taking "after the Fire Authority failed to show the leadership expected of it".
Boris Johnson said:
Boris Johnson has ordered the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority to move forward with plans to close 12 fire stations across the capital.
Just hours after the subject prompted a heated exchange at Mayor's Questions, Mr Johnson signed a mayoral direction telling the fire authority to start a public consultation on the plans within the next 14 days.
Cuts to London's emergency service dominated the monthly question and answer session between Boris Johnson and the London Assembly.
The mayor accused members of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority who voted against fire station closures of being "irresponsible".
Mr Johnson vowed to press ahead with the consultation over cuts.
At one point, the mayor and Labour's Andrew Dismore traded insuslts accross the floor of the City Hall chamber.
Mr Johnson called Mr Dismore: "invertebrate and protoplasmic." Mr Dismore told Mr Johnson: "You have been trying to dodge your responsibility for these cuts."
The mayor was also challenged about the closure of 65 police station front counters. He said: "The way to report a crime is to ring the police, that is what they expect."
Cuts to London's fire service are tonight being condemned as 'dangerous and wrong'.
The capital's fire brigade wants to close twelve stations - cutting 520 jobs.
The Fire Brigades Union says the service is facing the biggest threat to its ability to function since the Second World War.Dan Hewitt reports.