Fedster + 1,307 Posted February 7, 2018 Share Posted February 7, 2018 Jeremy Corbyn confronts the prime minister over police cuts. Prime Minister Theresa May The Prime Minister today insisted the government has protected police funding and crime is at an all-time low. But leader of the Labour party Jeremy Corbyn was adamant £2.3 billion has been cut from police budgets during and since Theresa May was made Home Secretary while recorded crime is up one fifth since 2010. “With crime rising does the Prime Minister regret cutting 21,000 police officers?” he asked Ms May in a heated debate at Prime Minister’s Questions today (Wednesday). Current Home Secretary Amber Rudd could be seen nodding from her bench as Ms May replied: ”What we actually have seen from the crime survey is that crime is now down at record low levels “That is what has been achieved by a conservative government that at the same time has been protecting police budgets. “And I might remind the right honourable gentleman that the labour party’s former shadow secretary now the police and crime commissioner for Greater Manchester himself said that police could take another ten per cent cut in their budgets.” But Mr Corbyn quoted several chief constables who have gone on record saying they are struggling to fight rising crime. Bedfordshire Police CC Jon Boutcher said he does not have the resources to keep people safe, as has Lancashire CC Andy Rhodes and Merseyside CC Andy Cooke has complained that he cannot tackle gun crime in his area. “Does the Prime Minister think he [CC Cooke] is crying wolf?” Mr Corbyn asked. He pointed out Conservative backbencher Philip Davies had also demanded more resources to help address a surge in crime in West Yorkshire. “The position is a scandal. Too many people don’t feel safe and too many people aren’t safe. “We’ve just seen the highest rise in recorded crime for a quarter of a century. “If I could quote something at the prime minister it might sound familiar to her. “The first duty of the government is to protect the public and to keep them safe and I have to say to the government that they are not putting enough focus on police resources.” He said that since 2015, direct government funding to the police has fallen by £413 million. Ms May maintained £450 million extra has been made available to the police. “The right honourable gentleman can’t get away from the fact that what the government is doing is protecting police budgets," she said. “What have we also seen over the last few years the creation of a national crime agency our police forces taking more notice to helping to support vulnerable victims, doing more on modern slavery, doing more on domestic violence, taking issues seriously that they weren’t taking seriously before. “And in fact not just protecting police budgets but increasing with £450 million extra. What we are also doing is ensuring our police have the powers that they need to do the job that we want them to do.” View On Police Oracle Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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