Boris Johnson today told an Assembly Member to "get stuffed" after he accused the mayor of lying about the impact of cuts to the fire service.
In an increasingly bitter exchange during Mayor's Question Time, Boris lost his temper in a bitter debate with Andrew Dismore.
The mayor of London is pushing ahead with plans to close 10 fire stations and axe over 500 jobs in London's fire service.
"How can cutting fire stations, cutting fire engines, cutting fire fighters posts not be a reduction in fire cover?" Dismore angrily demanded.
A visibly annoyed Boris glowered over the table and insisted he was in fact improving services.
"Because we're improving cover – As I've said several times," he retorted, as members of the crowd groaned and called out "how?"
Interrupting the mayor, Dismore said he had "lied to the people of London."
"Oh get stuffed," the Mayor grumpily muttered – much to the crowd's dismay.
Boris then apologised immediately, saying: "I'm sorry, I apologise to, to, to … It just popped out. I'm very sorry," seemingly forgetting Dismore's name.
Earlier, Boris had failed to hold his tongue as firefighters shouted "liar" at him from the public gallery at City Hall.
Frustrated firefighters accused the mayor of manipulating the truth and risking lives.
One heckler said the number of deaths from fire in London was going up, which Boris said was "completely wrong" and muttered "bollocks" under his breath.
As the cries of outrage continued, he said: "One death from fire is too many; I won't be shouted at from the gallery, I am not being interrupted … when I am simply explaining the number of deaths from fire has come down."
Addressing the chair of the London Assembly, he added: "And if there was any backbone in the chair he would have them removed. Are you a man or mouse? Man or mouse?"
Boris then continued to be heckled as he claimed he had listened carefully to Londoners about the cuts.
A consultation by the London Fire Authority found that 94% of those who responded were against the planned cuts.