The London Mayor's Question Time was temporarily suspended today after protesters disrupted the conference. Firefighters chanted "No ifs, no buts, no fire service cuts", causing the Assembly members to leave the Chamber as order was restored.
The London Mayor's Question Time was temporarily suspended after anti-cuts protesters disrupt the conference. The London Fire Brigade Union claimed the protesters were firefighters:
Amazing scenes: Mayor's Question Time suspended as gallery breaks out into chant of "No ifs, not buts, no fire service cuts."
Assembly members leave the chamber as Mayor's Question Time suspended. Massive anger directed towards mayor.
Incredible scenes at City Hall. Mayor's Question Time suspended as angry firefighters stand up and break into prolonged chant against cuts.
The Mayor of London is expected to face questions on proposed changes to the fire service when he faces assembly members later.
A consultation on the controversial plans to close 12 fire stations and cut 520 firefighters' jobs in London closed on Monday.
The London Assembly is calling for an end to Heathrow night flights to stop the noise disturbing the sleep of thousands of people.
The Health and Environment Committee believe they should be reduced to 'an absolute minimum' at the very least.
If a reduction is not possible they are calling for planes to land from the West, rather than the east. Which would reduce noise disturbance for around 110,000 people.
A new report from the London Assembly calls for more action to help those who are going hungry, despite London being one of the richest cities in the world.Ria Chatterjee visited one of London's food banks in October 2012.
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The UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) has asked Boris Johnson to clarify figures on police numbers.
The chairman of the UKSA, Andrew Dilnot, has written to the mayor asking him to publish a "reconciliation" between different sets of figures published by the Greater London Authority and the Home Office.
London Assembly Labour Police & Crime spokesperson,Joanne McCartney AM said:
“We know that 2,208 police officers have been lost already in London and we had deep concerns that Boris’ plans for the future of the Metropolitan Police were based on misleading statistics.
"Today’s letter from the UK Statistics Authority confirms that the Mayor’s figures are far from clear, he has been asked to publish an explanation of why his figures differ from the Home Office figures.
"He needs to do this as a matter of urgency so that Londoners can have confidence in his future plans for the Met."
A spokesperson for the Mayor's office said: “The UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) acknowledges that there are various sets of figures available for police numbers in London and reasonable explanations for why they differ slightly.
"The UKSA have asked if we would be willing to provide more information to reconcile the statistics we have used with other available statistics, and we are happy to do so in due course.
"The UKSA have not called into question the accuracy of the budgeted figures we are using, which remain the correct baseline for our plans.”
Six out of seven regions in England reported a rise in footfall including Greater London (5.8%).
Conversely footfall in shopping centres and retail parks declined annually in February by -1.6% and -1.5%.
Figures from London retail consortium
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Mayor Jules Pipe, the Chair of London Councils and Mayor of Hackney, told the London Assembly that the Government's plans to cut housing benefits have not stopped rents being increased over the last 18 months.