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Council lose court battle to save fire stations

Seven local councils have lost their High Court battle over Mayor of London Boris Johnson's proposals to close 10 fire stations in the capital.

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Boris Johnson: I hope all parties can move forward now

Boris, 'pleased' that the court recognised the robustness of the Safety Plan Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive

Boris Johnson said he was "pleased" that the court had recognised the robustness of the fire authority's plans.

"I hope that all the parties involved will now draw a line under this and help us move forward and work with the Fire Commissioner to deliver a stable and secure future for the brigade.

"London's fire-fighters are the best in the world with incomparable response times. However, we need to continue to modernise the service so that it is fully equipped for the challenges of 21st century fire-fighting.

"The London Safety Plan will ensure that there is a balanced budget for 2014/15 so that, wherever possible, compulsory redundancies can be avoided whilst keeping London safe."

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