Police Cuts

Stephen Hepburn, the Labour MP for the Jarrow Constituency, has slammed the Home Secretary in Parliament on cuts to Northumbria Police force since the Conservative Party came to power in 2010. 

During a question time debate to the newly appointed Home Secretary, Mr Hepburn told him: “Since the Tories came to power, the number of police in the Northumbria policing area has been cut by 27%. During the same time, violent crime has gone up 177%. Is it just the general public who notice the link between those figures, or has the Secretary of State noticed it, too”

Secretary of State for the Home Department (Home Secretary), Sajid Javid said: “Perhaps it is worth my reminding the hon. Gentleman that at the last election he stood on a manifesto that wanted to cut police funding by 5% to 10%, whereas this Government have protected it. If his correlation were correct—if it were correct—crime would have gone up even more had Labour been in office.” 

The 2017 Labour manifesto on policing actually said: “On Theresa May’s watch, police numbers have been cut by 20,000. Cuts to the police force endanger communities and endanger police officers too. Labour’s approach to policing crime will be different.”

The Party also pledged recruit a further 10,000 more police officers to work on community beats, equivalent to at least one more for every neighbourhood in the country in order to deal with the fact that almost every police force in the country recorded an increase in crime, with worrying rises in some of the most violent offences, including gun and knife crime and homicide. 

At the last election, The Conservatives pledged to deliver real-terms protection to police funding but research by Labour during the 2017 election campaign highlighted that the government has overseen £330m in real terms cuts between 2015 and 2016 alone. 

Stephen Hepburn MP said:

“I completely refute the Home Secretary’s response. He knows fine well that what he said isn’t the case. What’s more concerning is the fact that he seems to be casting doubt on his own department’s figures.

“The truth is that he was caught off guard by these statistics that show that whilst they have slashed the number of officers working for Northumbria Police since 2010, violent crime has skyrocketed at the same time.

“You don’t need to be an expert at the Office for National Statistics to see that there is a link. It seems everyone can see it apart from the Government.

“The Home Secretary and Tory Government will continue to deny any link despite the hard evidence. When will the Tories learn that you cannot keep our communities safe on the cheap?”

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Stephen Hepburn has served the Jarrow Constituency as MP since 1997.

He was last elected to serve in June 2017 and won the seat with a conclusive 17,263 majority.

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