Alex Cunningham MP criticises the coalition for failing to protect front-line Policing

Today at Prime Minister’s Questions the Prime Minister refused to commit to maintaining current levels of Police Officers and PCSO’s on our streets. In response to a question from Labour’s Karen Buck, asking if there will be fewer police officers at the end of this Parliament, David Cameron said people have to ‘get serious’.

Alex Cunningham, MP for Stockton North, will be seeking a meeting with the Chief Constable of Cleveland Police to discuss the implications of this statement. Alex said:

‘My constituents will be seriously concerned by the Prime Minister’s refusal to commit to funding current levels of Police Officers.

Thanks to Labour, there are now 17,000 more Police Officers than in 1997. Overall, crime is down by more than a third which means 6 million fewer crimes each year.

I hope that the coalition does not reverse this trend by refusing to commit to spending on front-line policing.’