Vernon Coaker MP, Labour's Shadow Policing Minister, said in response to Theresa May's speech to Conservative Party conference:
"You can’t cut crime by cutting the police. Theresa May is out of touch with the reality of what is happening as a result of her actions.
"16,000 crime fighting police officers are being lost due to the 20% cuts being forced through by this Home Secretary. She calls for the strengthening of police powers whilst making it harder for the police to use DNA and CCTV in catching those responsible for the August riots.
"There is a massive gap between the Home Secretary's rhetoric and the reality. She talks tough on immigration whilst cutting 5,000 officers from the UK Borders Agency. The Prime Minister & Home Secretary promised 'no ifs, no buts' on immigration, saying that net immigration would fall to the tens of thousands in this Parliament, yet it is currently rising not falling and the Government is not enforcing the rules that already exist. We Have the ludicrous spectacle of the home secretary blaming cats whilst letting into the country a Sheikh the Home Secretary thought she had banned and ending up paying him compensation as a result.
"What we have heard today may work for the 10 minutes in a Conservative Party conference hall but does not work for communities up and down the country who want continued reductions in crime, safer streets and managed immigration enforced fairly. This Home Secretary, Prime Minister and Chancellor have lost the Conservative Party the mantle of the party of law and order by taking risks with community safety and one nothing-new speech will not change that."