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RMT: Cuts to 'safety-critical' Tube jobs led us to strike

The RMT union said its members were forced to take industrial action as London Underground "have refused to move one inch" over ticket office closures and claimed the operator had breached an agreement the groups had previously reached through Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas).

Despite the spin from LU nothing that they are proposing is about 'modernisation'.

The current plans, closing every ticket office and axing nearly a thousand safety-critical jobs, is solely about massive austerity cuts driven centrally by David Cameron and his Government and implemented by Mayor Boris Johnson.

RMT could have recommended the suspension of this strike action if LU had responded positively to our proposal to halt the implementation of these savage cuts, stopping the dire impact they would have the length and breadth of London Underground.

– RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash

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Transport disruption hits London as tube strike begins

A 48-hour strike by London Underground workers began this morning, causing widespread disruption for commuters in the capital.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) started a 48-hour strike at 9pm last night over a long-running dispute about plans to close Tube ticket offices.

The RMT picket line at King's Cross Underground Station this morning.
The RMT picket line at King's Cross Underground Station this morning. Credit: ITV News/Cheryl Smith

The union says the closure of ticket offices will cost hundreds of job losses and threaten safety, while LU says staff would be better employed on station concourses as only 3% of tickets are bought at ticket offices.

Normal underground services will resume tomorrow night at 9pm before a a three-day stoppage from 9pm next Monday.

Boris Johnson slams 'union barons' over Tube strike

Boris Johnson has hit out at senior members of the RMT union over the 48-hour strike on London Underground.

The Mayor of London said the strike was only happening because some "union barons" were trying to "flex their muscles" in a bid to succeed former leader Bob Crow, who died in March.

Despite dozens of meetings over several months the RMT chose only on Friday to make fresh demands. It seems they are more interested in fighting over the leadership of the RMT than the interests of their members.

Commuters and businesses will suffer because a few narrow minded union barons are currently flexing their muscles in a fight for the leadership of a union where just 30% of members support a strike.

Boris blasts Anti-HS2 campaigners

Campaigners who object to plans for a new high speed rail link on environmental grounds are talking "b*******" and only really care about their house prices, according to Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

ile photo dated 13/12/13 of Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Johnson claims that protesters "pretend" they are campaigning about woodland or wildlife but they are much more "furious" about the impact HS2 proposals are having on property values.

He suggested the Government should buy up the houses of the scheme's opponents for "top dollar", then when the rail link is finished, capitalise on any boost to local economies by selling them off for a profit.

Mr Johnson told Total Politics magazine: "People are in the humiliating position of having to pretend that there's some environmental objection that they have, that the great crested grebe is going to be invaded or whatever."

"What they care about is their house prices. It's tragic we have protest groups talking about 'this ancient woodland' when actually there's no tree in this country that's more than 200 years old.

"It's b*******. They're not campaigning for forests, they're not campaigning for butterflies. They pretend to be obviously, but what they're really furious about is that their house prices are getting it."

PM: Boris 'can continue as mayor if he becomes MP'

Boris Johnson could continue as Mayor of London even if he becomes an MP in 2015, David Cameron has said.

David Cameron has welcomed the prospect of 'star player' Boris Johnson returning to Parliament.

"He obviously wants to complete his second term but I don't think it's impossible to do that and to put yourself forward as a member of Parliament at the next election," the Prime Minister said.

"As a manager, as it were, I want all my star players on the field and Boris is a star player."

It is thought Mr Johnson, who previously served as MP for Henley, may want to run for the North West Hampshire seat currently held by the Chief Whip, Sir George Young, who is stepping down next year.

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Clegg happy to ignore latest 'Tory soap opera'

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has dismissed David Cameron's appeal for Boris Johnson to become an MP again as the latest storyline in a "Conservative Party soap opera" that is "very difficult to follow".

Mr Cameron's comments have refueled speculation that Mr Johnson may bid for a return to Parliament at the General Election next year.

The Liberal Democrat leader said while his fellow Coalition leaders and the Mayor of London spent time sorting out "who's doing what in the Conservative Party" he would carry on "concentrating on completing the economic recovery as fairly as possible".

Read: Cameron wants Boris 'on his team' for election

Cameron wants Boris Johnson 'on the team' for election

David Cameron has made a plea for Boris Johnson to return to Parliament and join the Conservative Party election campaign in Westminster.

In an interview with James Corden, who was guest editing The Sun for Sport Relief, the Prime Minister said he thought the Mayor of London was "great", and said "there is nothing ignoble about wanting my job":

I want him to get back in Parliament. I think he's great.

It's a bit like football - if you have got a great striker you want him on the pitch.

It's up to him. He can complete as Mayor, or he can stay on as Mayor and come back to the House. I want him on the team

Boris Johnson's tribute to 'indefatigable' Bob Crow

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said he was shocked and saddened to hear about the death of union leader Bob Crow.

Paying tribute to the improvements in London Underground made by his political opponent, he said his death leaves a massive gap behind and praised his indefatigable defence of his members views and interests.

Read: Bob Crow inspired hatred and affection in equal measure

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