Boris Johnson has declared himself “mystified” at plans to close a police station in his constituency. But Scrapbook thinks we can help him crack the case…
The Foreign Secretary last night posted this tweet complaining about the planned closure of Uxbridge police station:
It is one of a number of stations being closed across London in order to save money for frontline policing.
Why is it happening? Because police funding cuts made by the government, of which Boris is a senior member, has left the Met with a £1 billion blackhole in their budget.
As the consultation on the closures states:
“As a result of Government funding cuts, since 2010, the Met Police have had to find £600m of savings and must save a further £400m by 2020.”
So Boris needs to look no further than across the Cabinet table to find the real culprit for the closure of his local police station.
But he already knows this because, during his time as Mayor of London, he had to deal with police funding cuts made by Theresa May and pursued the same policy he is criticising Sadiq Khan over now.
In 2013, Johnson announced the closure of 63 police station front counters to save money for frontline cops.
He said: “Londoners have repeatedly told us that putting more officers on the streets is their top priority, not keeping them hidden behind desks in offices which the public rarely set foot in.”
At the time, Johnson promised there would be one police station open 24 hours a day in each Borough, which is what Khan is proposing.
So what’s the difference?
Another case of the Tories supporting cuts for the poor and spending for the rich…