Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has condemned the Prime Minister’s savage cuts to police forces and early intervention services over the past decade.
Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions, Chris called on Theresa May to “understand that we need more, real investment before any more lives are lost” as a result to violent crime.
Since the Conservatives came to power in 2010, around 21,000 police officers have been taken off the streets across England and Wales. The start of 2019 has been hallmarked by a spike in serious and violent crime that many regions have not seen for decades.
The Prime Minister tried to stonewall Chris’ question by claiming the government had “protected” police funding, ignoring the fact that this protection followed a period of deep cuts and that protected budgets still result in a real-terms cut.
Many police forces’ funding reserves are also depleting rapidly; with many chief inspectors calling for real investment in frontline policing recently.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“The rising levels of violent crime we face across England and Wales have complex causes but it cannot be denied that the root of the issue if the swinging cuts we’ve seen to our police forces, youth services and early intervention services since 2010.
“I’m proud that the Welsh Labour Government have funded an additional 300 community support officers to try and reduce the impact of these cuts in Wales, but it’s time Theresa May started to reverse her deeply damaging legacy.
“After all, we can’t forget who the Home Secretary was who started this attack on our police.”
Chris has previously spoken out about the impact of the reduction in community policing across South Wales which has resulted in the 30 per cent cut to South Wales’ budget from the UK Government.