“A day I feared would always come” says Rotheram as Police Cuts are announced.(July 22, 2011)
Labour MP, Steve Rotheram has responded to the news that 34,000 police jobs are to be lost in the next four years. It follows news that 4,500 frontline police officers have already lost their jobs in the first year of the coalition government.
Speaking after the announcement from the Home Office, Steve explained, “Today’s figures are extremely worrying for decent people across Liverpool and the country. It is a retreat back to the early nineties when the then Conservative government allowed crime to spiral out of control. It will happen again.”
“We warned that this would happen. Theresa May has refused to listen to anyone since she became Home Secretary. Leading police officials have all said that a 20% cut to frontline police budgets was far too high and would risk crime rising for the first time in thirteen years. No doubt the Prime Minister will try to appease the public by patronising us with a speech, which suggests these cuts wont affect crime levels in cities such as Liverpool. Another example of just how out of touch he is with ordinary people. Let me be clear, Planet Cameron is a danger to Liverpool. Cutting our police force at a time when people are out of work and desperate, is the wrong message to be sending.”
“Today’s news also shows just how pathetic the Liberal Democrat contribution to this government is. They peppered doormats with leaflets during the Election in which they promised 3,000 more police officers on our streets. What’s happened to that promise? Is it reality over rhetoric or just another instance of Nick Clegg’s naivety into thinking he would actually have a say in government policy?”
“Today is a day I hoped would never come but feared always would. Tackling crime is one of the biggest challenges we face as a country. The government’s primary responsibility has to be the protection of the nation. Cutting 34,000 police jobs is not the actions of a responsible government.”