Commenting on reports that the Home Secretary has refused to give the go-ahead for the use of water cannon in London before the election, Labour London Assembly Crime Spokesperson Joanne McCartney AM said:
“The Home Secretary’s refusal to approve water cannon for use on London’s streets should be a clear signal to Boris Johnson that he is the only one who thinks this ill-judged proposal is a good idea. Water cannon are not only extremely dangerous, they are bluntly indiscriminate tools which should have no place in our capital city.
“It’s time for the Mayor to accept he was wrong and to sell the water cannon he has already bought so we can reinvest the money in things the Metropolitan Police actually need. If he refuses, the public will undoubtedly conclude that he is more interested in continuing his militant posturing than doing what is best for the capital.”
“The London Assembly have spoken with a clear and cross-party voice on this subject – we do not want water cannon in London. I am glad the Home Secretary agrees with us.”