Fighting back against 21,000 police cuts
Anyone who has spoken to anyone in Loughborough, Shepshed, Sileby, Barrow, Quorn, or Mountsorrel would be able to tell you that crime has increased markedly over the past few years. This has made some people’s lives a misery.
This has coincided with 21,000 police being taken off our streets by the Conservatives since 2010. That has translated to around 550 police coming off Leicestershire’s streets since 2010. Cuts that Loughborough’s current MP supported all the way.
There has been a complete breakdown in trust between the police and the Conservatives.
Labour will fight back if in power with 10,000 additional police. And I am glad that Willy Bach our Labour Police and Crime Commissioner has already started putting 100 officers back on the streets.
Policing is an important part of crime prevention. But so are our public services that have been either slashed, or in the case of probation services privatised, with devastating consequences. I will campaign for officers in our communities, and an end to private probation and prisons and for investment in community, drug and alcohol rehab programmes.