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A taxpayer expressed his thoughts on the budget decision during the Mayor's monthly #askboris twitter Q&A this afternoon.
First a protester was ejected from the budget meeting, then Boris himself. Now the planned closures of fire stations and police station front counters look set to happen. Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris recaps on the morning's events at City Hall.
Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green groups have been urging Boris to drop his planned cuts affecting the fire and police services.
London Assembly Labour Budget Spokesperson John Biggs, who moved the amendment to the Mayor's budget, said before the meeting:
"Boris has a clear choice, he can either cut council tax by one pence a day, or he can freeze it and use the money to keep our fire stations and police front counters open. By axing 12 fire stations and 18 fire engines Boris is jeopardising the safety and security of Londoners."
Conservative Assembly members criticised the move on twitter:
The Assembly threw away its chance to give Boris Johnson a two hour grilling on his budget decisions this morning. With one Conservative member missing, Labour saw an opportunity to rush its amended budget through and voted to eject the mayor from the chamber shortly after the meeting began.
Before he left, Boris called the gathered Assembly members 'great supine protoplasmic invertebrate jellies' for not 'having the guts' to ask him questions, to chuckles from the public gallery.
However, the plan backfired when missing member Victoria Borwick - who was late because of tube delays - turned up and overturned the opposition's majority.
Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris was at the meeting and tweeted that it started with disruption...
The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) have refused to back the proposed fire service cuts that will see the closure of 12 fire stations, the removal of 18 fire engines and the loss of 520 firefighter posts.