London Mayor Boris Johnson has been blamed for the death of a man who jumped to his death from his third floor flat as it was engulfed in flames.
The man – Choi Yip – died in October last year after fire crews were delayed due to frontline cuts to fire services in the capital. Choi’s flat was a stone’s throw away from the former Belsize fire station – which was closed by Johnson in 2014.
In the face of public outrage, the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) had actually voted against closing the fire stations.
But – using his mayoral powers – Mr Johnson single-handedly overruled the authority and forced through the cuts. Cuts which then resulted in the death of Choi Yip.
Mind you, Tory mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith doesn’t seem all that bothered about the danger to Londoners from Boris’s cuts to frontline fire services in the capital either.