Further cuts will stretch policing in Southend too far, warns Labour candidate Ian Gilbert

Labour in Southend have condemned the suggestion that Essex Police will have to make millions of pounds of further budget cuts, as the Conservative-led coalition government take more money out of policing budgets.

 

Labour in Southend have condemned the suggestion that Essex Police will have to make millions of pounds of further budget cuts, as the Conservative-led coalition government take more money out of policing budgets.

 

Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh has warned of more cuts in police numbers on the way, despite already deep cuts thinning out the force. Despite repeated warnings from Labour, Conservative ministers have dramatically slashed the funding for law and order.

 

Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Rochford and Southend East, Ian Gilbert, said, "Since David Cameron became Prime Minister in 2010, Essex has lost 15% of its police officers, and a shocking 33% of PCSOs. Rising crime is one of the big worries that I hear from residents in Southend, and we simply cannot afford to lose more policing staff."

 

He added, "Tory vanity policies like Police and Crime Commissioners are neither wanted nor effective. A Labour government would scrap these bureaucratic roles, and see funding redistributed to where it can make the most difference to people's lives."

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