Thursday 23 January 2020 / 10:17 AM Crime / Diane Abbott

Damning indictment of ten years of Tory neglect – Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, commenting on the publication of crime statistics today, said:

“This is a damning indictment of ten years of Tory neglect of policing and the effect of cuts. The increase in the number of knife crime offences leaves them at an all-time high, and charge rates are at a low.

“It is far from clear that the government will meet its own target for recruiting extra officers. It is certain they will not address some of the underlying causes of crime because they don’t even intend to.

“This government cannot ensure the safety of our citizens is given the correct priority unless it changes course dramatically.”