Thursday 8 November 2018 / 10:14 AM Diane Abbott / Policing

Even Home Office officials are telling the Home Secretary the problem is cuts to the police – Diane Abbott responds to Sajid Javid’s call to Cressida Dick

Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to Sajid Javid calling on the Police to use powers they already have and use to combat stabbings, said:

“Police have the powers but what they don’t have is the resources. Police chiefs, rank and file officers and even Home Office officials are telling the Home Secretary the problem is cuts to the police which have hampered their ability to tackle the surge in violence. Cuts he voted for time and time again.

“Evidence based stop and search is an important tool in fighting crime but random stops poison police community relations.

“The Government must urgently bring forward the resources to increase police officer numbers by 10,000 to keep our communities safe.”