Tuesday 28 February 2017 / 6:36 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Public want paedophiles dealt with properly – Diane Abbott

Diane
Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary,
speaking in response to remarks
from Chief Constable Bailey, said:

“These
comments are deeply troubling. The public are
right to demand that this crime is treated with the utmost seriousness.

“Talk
of police forces who ‘cannot cope’ will fuel concerns that this is motivated by
lack of resources.

“Labour
has repeatedly warned about the consequences of Tory cuts to the police budget
and to overall police numbers.

“It’s
not good enough for ministers to say that they expect these crimes to be
investigated properly, when their cuts are placing the police in an impossible
position.”

Ends

Notes
to editors

– Reports of Chief Constable Stephen Bailey’s remarks are here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39112911     

– Since 2009 total police officer numbers have fallen by
20,000

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36857326