5 July 2019 – today’s press release

Lib Dems: Govt must listen to police chiefs’ warning

Responding to a warning from five former Met Police Commissioners that the police service “has had its resources drained to dangerously low levels”, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey said:

When even former police chiefs are talking about a ‘feeling of lawlessness’ it’s clear that urgent action is needed. Will the Government listen now?

Unnecessary Conservative cuts have taken 5,000 police officers off our streets since 2015, contributing to the rise in violent crime and making our communities less safe. Far too many crimes go unsolved and too many young people feel the need to carry knives for safety.

This has to stop. The Liberal Democrats demand better. We will give forces the resources they need to recruit more officers and restore community policing.

And we agree that a new Royal Commission on Policing is needed to ensure that police forces can successfully tackle crime and keep communities safe in the years to come.

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3 Comments

  • Richard Underhill 6th Jul '19 - 9:32am
  • Tory party members issued two ballot papers. Amazing they have doubled their membership over night, saves an embarrassing small number of returned ballots I suppose.

  • Richard Underhill 7th Jul '19 - 11:52am

    Labour’s Shadow Chancellor was interviewed on the Andrew Marr Show on 7/7/19.
    He admitted various differences with Jeremy Corbyn, who, he says, is moving gradually, as always.
    He forecasts that Labour’s next manifesto will cause an increase in Labour’s opinion poll rating/s of 10%, as the 2017 one did. Are there really that many policies which are credible and popular?
    Timing is an admitted problem, on the assumption that the next Conservative leader will call an early general election, “as Theresa May did”, BEFORE Labour’s planned annual conference in October. He did not suggest having an earlier conference. One wonders why.

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