Labour has slammed the Home Secretary’s plans to slash West Yorkshire police officer numbers further as new figures showed violent crime in the area is up by almost a quarter compared to last year.
West Yorkshire already has 1,011 fewer police officers than it did in 2010, with the Force being warned to expect further significant budget cuts by the Tory government.
Figures released yesterday showed that violent crime in West Yorkshire rose by 24 per cent.
Jack Dromey MP, Shadow Policing Minister said:
“New figures show police recorded crime has now gone up across the country and some of the most serious crimes have soared to the highest levels in years. Knife crime has risen for the first time in four years, sexual offences have risen by 37 per and fraud is up by 17 per cent.
“In West Yorkshire, recorded violent crime has gone up by 24 per cent. To make matters worse, the police force has lost over 1,000 police officers in the past five years, with more set to go.
“Theresa May is failing to recognise the true picture of crime in the UK. She plans to scrap another 17,000 police officers nationally on top of the 17,000 that have already gone. This comes at the worst possible time. Our depleted police forces are facing increasingly complex demands to tackle current and historic child exploitation and abuse, a serious and growing threat of terrorism and sexual and violent crime.
“By failing to heed the warning signals, the Home Secretary is taking a reckless gamble with public safety and security.”
Labour has slammed the Home Secretary’s plans to slash West Yorkshire police officer numbers further as new figures showed violent crime in the area is up by almost a quarter...
Labour has launched today the “Don’t Pull the Plug” campaign, calling on the Government to honour its election promises and reinstate plans to electrify the TransPennine route.
Just seven weeks after the election, the Government announced that it was shelving the vital electrification upgrades - projects that Ministers repeatedly promised to deliver ahead of, and throughout, the General Election campaign.
Labour is demanding a real commitment from the Government that it will deliver these projects within a clear and published timetable.
As part of the campaign, Labour has launched an online petition to put pressure on the Government to live up to its promises: www.labour.org.uk/dont-pull-the-plug
Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, said:
“David Cameron has broken his election promise to electrify key rail lines in the Midlands and the North. After five years of fare rises, which Ministers claimed would fund investment, two of the country’s most important rail projects have effectively been cancelled.
“The Tories said they would deliver a Northern Powerhouse, but they have inflicted a Northern power cut instead.
“The Government should now live up to their election promises, reinstate the work on electrification and not pull the plug on these vital upgrades for the North and the Midlands.
“It is also becoming increasingly apparent that Ministers knew all along that they were going to shelve these projects, but continued to con the public before the election. So we are also calling on the Prime Minister and the Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, to come clean and tell everyone exactly what they knew, and when.”
Labour has launched today the “Don’t Pull the Plug” campaign, calling on the Government to honour its election promises and reinstate plans to electrify the TransPennine route. Just seven...
Statement by Doncaster North MP, Ed Miliband, on the closure of Hatfield Colliery:
"After nearly 100 years of mining at Hatfield, this is an incredibly sad day for the miners, their families and the wider community.
"The workers expected the mine to close in August 2016. But instead of a managed transition the
Government pulled the plug.
"In the run-up to the election, they provided closure aid. After the election, they said not a penny more.
"Now the closure will end up costing government more than keeping the mine open because of the loss of tax revenues from the company operating for another year.
"It doesn't make economic sense for the government and it is devastating for the workers.
"What Hatfield shows again is that the government talks One Nation, but acts very differently.
"In a few years time there will be a new market for coal with a clean coal power station at Drax.
"But that market will not be supplied by indigenous coal, but imported coal, with all the environmental costs of shipping coal to Britain.
"I will do everything I can to fight for the workers to find other work, doing everything in my power to co-operate
with the local council and employment service.
"This is a day to recognise the labour of all the miners who have worked at Hatfield over the last century.
"They have kept the lights on, worked in the harshest conditions and have been servants of our country."
Statement by Doncaster North MP, Ed Miliband, on the closure of Hatfield Colliery: "After nearly 100 years of mining at Hatfield, this is an incredibly sad day for the miners, their...