Reacting to the news that Penny Mordaunt has replaced Brandon Lewis as the Westminster fire minister in the Department of Communities and Local Government, Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “We would like to congratulate Penny on her appointment and hope we can work constructively with her to resolve ongoing disputes.
“We are in the middle of a long running dispute over proposed pension changes that would see firefighters lose the pensions they were promised and which they have paid for. The government proposals take no account of the real work firefighters do or the real demands and needs of the fire service.
“In particular we hope that a change of personnel will lead to the government finally seeing sense on their pension proposals.”
A previously scheduled meeting for today with the fire minister will go ahead as planned but will be attended by Mordaunt, rather than Lewis.