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Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, commenting following Theresa May’s speech on the police, said: 

"This is a desperate and disingenuous attempt to distract people from the fact that whatever reforms are introduced police forces across the country have already said they are being forced to cut the jobs of around 10,000 police officers because the Tory-led Government is cutting too far and too fast. 

"The Home Secretary should be working with the police on reforms and efficiencies rather than attacking them in the newspapers and trying to make them the scapegoats for the job losses as a result of the scale and pace of these cuts. 

"This speech is not about saving jobs it is about diverting attention from the fact that she has put Chief Constables in an impossible position with a 20% front loaded cut to their budgets." 

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