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Chris Williamson MP, Labour's Shadow Fire Minister, commenting on the Knight Review on Fire and Rescue Services in England, said:

“This Review rightly highlights the important progress that has been made in significantly reducing fire deaths and we should pay tribute to the vital role our Fire and Rescue Services have played in delivering these improvements.

“We will study the detail and recommendations in the report carefully, but Labour strongly opposes the suggestion that Fire and Rescue Services should be privatised. Emergency services should put public safety first, not profit, and we will be pushing Ministers to rule out this dangerous and flawed proposal immediately.”

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