Tuesday 30 March 2021 / 10:30 PM Nick Thomas-Symonds / Policing

‘Under the Conservatives, criminals have never had it so good’  – Labour advert reveals decade of Conservative failings on crime   

Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, Nick Thomas Symonds, will today unveil a Labour campaign poster highlighting the Conservatives’ “abject failure” on law and order.

The advert reveals that violent crime has more than doubled since 2015, while the number of suspects charged is down by a quarter over the same period. Violent crime has increased in every part of the country under the Conservatives.

On a visit to Southampton, Thomas-Symonds will accuse the Conservatives of “looking the other way” as crime rises on their watch. And he will call for the Conservatives to make neighbourhood policing a priority, putting police back on the streets to protect the public.

The Shadow Home Secretary will also reveal that Conservative promises on additional police officers will provide scant consolation for much of the country. Labour analysis forecasts that by 2023, one third of police forces in England will still have fewer officers than they did in 2010 – including Hampshire where there is set to be 444 fewer officers.

Thomas Symonds will say that: “the Conservatives’ tough talk on crime has one purpose – to disguise their record of abject failure of victims. Ministers should be ashamed of the soaring serious crime they have presided over.”

Analysis from Labour lays bare the sheer scale of Conservative failure on law and order, including:

  • A 90 per centincrease in police recorded domestic abuse since 2015-16
  • The National Domestic Abuse Helpline has recently seen an increase of more than 60 per cent on the average number of monthly contacts.
  • More than 12,000 officers and PCSOs have been lost from neighbourhood policing since 2015
  • 99 per cent of the cuts to policing since 2010 have been from the frontline
  • 5,000 police staff have been cut since 2010, forcing frontline police officers to sit behind desks.

Labour is highlighting huge cuts to neighbourhood policing and back-office cuts that have forced officers off the frontline.

These cuts contribute to the rise in violent crime, including the 50 per cent increase in offences by County Lines gangs, who prey on children to commit crimes such as drug trafficking. Labour has called on the Government to drive forward nationwide action to tackle the spread of County Lines gangs and rescue young people from exploitation.

Labour is campaigning in the upcoming elections to tackle the Tory rise in violent crime and address the huge cuts in police officers, PCSOs and police staff which have made communities less safe.

Commenting, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, Nick Thomas Symonds, said: 

“Under the Conservatives, criminals have never had it so good. We have seen violent crime rising in every part of the country and an explosion of County Lines gangs.

“The Conservatives’ tough talk on crime has one purpose – to disguise their record of abject failure of victims. Ministers should be ashamed of the soaring serious crime they have presided over.

“Labour at this election will be campaigning for more officers on the streets to tackle this unacceptable spread of violence.

“Labour Councils, PCCs and Mayors are standing up for their communities in the face of Tory cuts. With a Labour government they would have a partner in tackling crime, not a Conservative Party content to look the other way.”