David Hanson MP, Labour's Shadow Policing Minister, in response to the Metropolitan Police Authority being replaced by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPC) from today, said:
“The Government are suggesting that the appointment of Kit Malthouse heralds a new era for policing reform. In reality this means less accountability for the Metropolitan Police, and more of the same policy of cutting London’s police officers.
“The Tory-led Government’s front-loaded cuts of 20% mean that the Metropolitan Police are set to lose around 2,000 police officers over the course of this Parliament. Rather than supporting efforts to cut crime, Boris Johnson and his Deputy Kit Malthouse are standing idly by, despite knife crime, rape and robbery all going up in the last year.
“Boris Johnson has the wrong priorities when it comes to tackling crime in London – reducing the number of officers on the street is the last thing people want to see when crime is rising.”