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Boris defends cuts in the emergency services budget

London's mayor has defended his proposal to cut the budget for emergency services for the 2013/2014 and insists that there quality will actually improve.


Labour wants to know if the cuts will harm policing. The mayor claims crime is falling. @itvlondon


Labour''s John Biggs: "Will there be any loss in the capacity of the fire service?" Johnson: "On the contrary" @itvlondon


Johnson claims more Londoners will be within the six minute target for first reponse fire engines. @itvlondon


Boris facing questions from London Assembly at City Hall

London's Mayor is currently facing questions from the London Assembly Budget and Performance Committee on his draft 2013/14 budget. It proposes the Metropolitan Police must cut 9 per cent from its budget.


London mayor Boris Johnson is facing questions from the London Assembly about his budget and proposed fire and police cuts. @itvlondon


Johnson claims "prudent management" has allowed him to cut City Hall's share of Londoners' council tax by 20% since 2008. @itvlondon

Over £1m raised through Operation Cubo vehicle seizures

The enormous haul of uninsured vehicles seized from drivers cuts across the spectrum from Fords to Ferraris. Luxury vehicles seized over the past year have also included Bentleys, Aston Martins, Porches, Rolls Royce's and a Lamborghini.

In excess of £1million has been raised to date through the scrap and auction of thousands of vehicles seized under Operation Cubo, with money raised over and above the total costs of operational activity going directly back into frontline policing.

This includes the funding of a new intelligence team made up of police officers dedicated to furthering the work of Operation Cubo and additional technology such as cutting edge ID scanners used at pounds to detect fraudulent documents.

Over 1,250 police officers target rogue drivers

Over 1,250 police officers are taking part in a coordinated series of operations targeting those drivers who are more likely to be involved in criminal activity, who are five times more likely to be involved in collisions and less likely to have vehicles in a road worthy condition.

Since the Met Police Commissioner launched Operation Cubo in October 2011 as part of his commitment to target criminals and disrupt their activities, the total number of vehicles seized has risen to more than 44,000 - the most the Met has ever seized in one year.

More than 1,000 people have been arrested under Cubo for offences including rape, possession of illegal firearms, money laundering and drugs. Firearms, other weapons and large quantities of cash and drugs have also been recovered.


Warning to rogue drivers who drive illegally in London

The Met Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson are appearing next to seized and crushed cars in a graphic warning to rogue motorists, demonstrating what could happen to your vehicle if you drive illegally in the capital.

The event takes place on the same day the 14th day of action under Operation Cubo gets underway across London.

Hundreds of officers taking part in a coordinated series of operations targeting those drivers who are more likely to be involved in criminal activity, five times more likely to be involved in collisions and less likely to have their vehicles in a road worthy condition.

Boris Johnson urges EU vote

Leaving the European Union would not be "the end of the world" for Britain, London mayor Boris Johnson has said.

Mr Johnson - seen as a possible future rival to David Cameron for the Tory leadership - said that the Government could not put off indefinitely a referendum on Britain's future in the EU.

In an interview with BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show, he said that he would like to see the public given the chance to vote on the issue before the next general election in 2015 although he did not expect it to happen.

We have never had a popular vote since 1975 on a European question.

I would like to be able to campaign for a single market and the withdrawal from a lot of the nonsensical policies.

I think it would be a good idea if they did it before 2015. It would be fantastic. I can't see them doing it before 2015.

– London Mayor Boris Johnson

Mayor's office: 'We need to increase investment in cycling'

Boris Johnson's transport spokesperson Isabel Dedring said the mayor had "more than tripled the level of investment in cycling since he came in".

But she added: "Because the number of people we're seeing in the cycle network has more than doubled over the last few years, we do see very clearly we need to increase that level of investment going forward."

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