When Labour was in government, crime was cut by 43 percent. This was achieved, in large part, by increasing the number of police officers — accompanied by sensible legislation on crime and public security.
Unfortunately, the coalition government has implemented dangerously high cuts to the police budget. Additionally, cost-cutting measures are forcing police to privatise services. This will lead to a patchwork of police protection, with many areas dangerously understaffed or inadequately served.
As your MP, I worked closely with local police and residents in order to facilitate solutions which reflected public security needs and tax-payer concerns. For example, I backed the local police authority and residents in the aftermath of the Yarls Wood fire. Read the BBC’s report.
I am proud to support Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Oliver Martins, who was elected on 15th November 2012. Read our leaflet condemning police cuts.