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Vernon Coaker MP, Labour's Shadow Policing Minister, said in response to the vote in the House of Lords tonight on Police Commissioners that was tied -  thus narrowly avoiding a Government defeat and further delaying the introduction of police and crime commissioners:

"The Government was very unwise to rush this bill through the Lords in the face of such strong opposition.

"When so many crossbenchers including former Chief Constables warned against these November elections, the Government should have listened and taken more time. The Government has avoided a further delay of 6 months purely by default. There is no groundswell of support for this policy and the public will be bemused that the Government is prioritising politicians over police officers.

"The idea that Ministers want to spend over £100m on electing crime commissioners rather than 3,000 Police Constables shows they have completely the wrong priorities on law and order."

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