Saturday 24 February 2018 / 10:02 AM Louise Haigh / Policing

Shadow Policing Minister slams PM for misleading public over police funding  

Labour’s Shadow Minister for Policing, Louise Haigh MP, has written to the UK Statistics Authority to complain about misleading statements by the PM which claim her Government has put extra investment in policing.

Over recent weeks, the PM and other senior Tories have consistently made misleading claims that the funding settlement for 2018/19 provides extra investment from central Government, despite actually only committing to flat-cash protection.

In response, Louise Haigh MP, Shadow Policing Minister, said:

“Across the country, forces are facing a real-terms reductions in their funding. Local taxpayers are picking up the pieces for the Tories’ continued reckless cuts to policing, and senior police officers are warning that communities’ safety is at risk.

“Rather than be straight with people, Theresa May seems determined to pretend the council tax increases she is burdening on hard-pressed households are actually investment in policing by central Government.

“The truth is, whether it’s on rising crime or falling budgets, you simply cannot believe a word the Tories say on law and order.”

In a demonstration of the strength of feeling on this issue, thousands of Labour members will be out across the country on Saturday, campaigning in target areas against the Government’s funding decisions.