Harriet Harman, Meg Hillier, and a group of other London Labour MPs have met with James Brokenshire, Home Office minister, today to call on the Government to urgently rethink the scale of its cuts to police officers and police budgets.
Meg Hillier, Labour’s Shadow Energy & Climate Change Secretary and MP for Hackney South & Shoreditch, following the meeting, said:
“As MPs in London, we have all been shocked by the scenes in our constituencies and across the rest of the country over the last few days. This violence and vandalism is disgraceful criminal behaviour and there can be no excuses for it.
"I and my colleagues have been meeting constituents since the trouble began and listening to their views and concerns about policing and future resources for the Met. We have met with James Brokenshire today to demand that the Government urgently rethink the scale of its policing cuts.
“We have seen that the 16,000 police on the streets of London last night made a big difference in restoring calm. This shows police numbers do have an impact and is further evidence that the Tory-led Government needs to urgently rethink its plans to cut over 16,000 police officers across the country.
“It is shameful that it has taken these appalling events to force Boris Johnson to realise how concerned people are about police cuts - in the last year alone the Met has lost 900 police officers and the Mayor's own plans mean 1,800 officers are expected to go in total over the next few years.
“People in London and across the country need reassurance that the police have the resources and officers they need to keep the streets safe and maintain law and order. Now is not the time for 20 per cent budget cuts that make it harder not easier for the police to do their jobs.”
Harriet Harman, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and MP for Camberwell and Peckham, said:
“For years we have worked to increase the number of police in London. It is a big priority for Londoners. The police are much needed. We must not see the numbers cut back.
“This is important for London as a whole and for businesses across London who know that cuts to the police are a false economy.”