Vernon Coaker MP, Labour's Shadow Policing Minister, said:
“The Home Secretary is in complete denial about the damaging impact her cuts are having on police forces across the country.
“She seems completely unaware of two key facts. First, that over 16,000 police officers are being lost across the country, with some of the biggest cuts affecting forces like Manchester, Nottingham and the Met who faced huge public order challenges last week. Until the Home Secretary grasps the reality of her decision to cut that many police officers, all she can offer is empty rhetoric.
“Second, cutting police officers is not reform, it is a roadblock to more effective policing. Officers are being taken off the beat and put behind desks because of staff cuts, while the Government are adding new layers of red tape with additional paperwork and bureaucracy for the police to use CCTV.
“The Prime Minister has put his confidence in the Work and Pensions Secretary to deal with gangs. He and the Home Secretary must now urgently revisit the police spending review to stop a 20 per cent cut leading to forces like Manchester and Nottinghamshire losing 20 per cent of their police officers.”