Boris Johnson laughed at in Commons after moaning about closure of police station under policy he introduced

Jeremy Corbyn mocks the foreign secretary's tweet during Prime Minister's Questions

Jeff Farrell
Wednesday 15 November 2017 15:36
Jeremy Corbyn uses Boris Johnson's tweets to make attack on May's emergency services cuts

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn mocked Boris Johnson during Prime Minister's Questions when he highlighted a tweet from the foreign secretary criticising the closure of a London police station – which was shut down under a policy he himself introduced when Mayor of the city.

Mr Johnson took to the social media site to say he was “disappointed and mystified” by the decision to pull down the shutters on the station in Uxbridge, a decision he believed was made by London's current Labour mayor Sadiq Khan.

Mr Corbyn drew a chorus of laughter in Parliament when he highlighted his comment.

“I’ve been following some of the tweets from some of her friends on the front bench over there and one quote says: ‘I’m very disappointed any mystified at Uxbridge police station',” he told Theresa May.

As laughter erupted on his own benches and shouts rained down from Conservative MPs, Speaker John Bercow was forced to quieten Parliament to allow Mr Corbyn to continue.

The Labour leader continued: “The real reason Mr Speaker is that it’s closing because of a £2.3bn cuts from a police budget in the last parliament. And it gets worse, they’re going to be cut by another £700m by 2020.”

Defending Mr Johnson, Ms May replied: “He might not have noticed but the police and crime commissioner in London is the mayor. The last time I looked Sadiq Khan was a Labour mayor.”

The policy of closing local police stations was introduced in 2013, when Mr Johnson was Mayor.

Under the plans, 65 police stations across London were earmarked for closure, leaving just one publicly-accessible station in each borough.

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