Policing cuts

Stephen Hepburn MP for the Jarrow Constituency has slammed the Tory government’s substantial cuts to local policing in Parliament recently and called on more funding to tackle the “massive increase” in serious crime.


According to figures from the National Audit Office (NAO), Northumbria Police has seen its real term funding slump by a quarter since 2010, the biggest in England.  The Jarrow MP voiced his concerns after figures revealed that Northumbria Police now has 1,000 fewer Police Officers than it did in 2010 – but record a 360 per cent increase in violent crime in the Northumbria policing area over the same period.


Mr Hepburn told Home Office Minister Nick Hurd MP:


“Since 2010 the Tories have cut Northumbria police’s funding by 25% and given it a 1,000 decrease in the number of police officers on the street, leading to a massive increase in serious crime. Is the Minister proud of this Government’s record?”


The Home Office Minister responded: " Of course, the statistic the hon. Gentleman omits is that the other key thing about 2010 was that this country was then dealing with the largest deficit in our public finances in peacetime history. Over the years we have taken action to tackle that and get the public finances under control—opposed by Labour—and we are now creating the conditions for increased public investment in policing, again opposed by Labour.”


Stephen Hepburn MP added:


“Even though the Tories have previously denied the link between police numbers and levels of crime, there is no denying the fact that police numbers are vital in tackling rising crime.

“You cannot keep people safe on the cheap and those cuts have had terrible consequences.

“The government needs to stop their callous cuts to policing and begin to reverse the damage they have done.”


Meet your MP


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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