MP DEMANDS U-TURN on savage cuts to community safety budgets

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, took the Conservative Policing Minister to task in the House of Commons over savage cuts to community safety funding in Denton and Reddish.

The Labour MP, who saw the work of police up close on the Parliamentary Police Scheme in 2007, said the massive cuts to Greater Manchester Police have resulted in services in Denton and Reddish becoming even more remote from his community. There are now no police stations open to the public in his Denton and Reddish constituency.

In his speech, he also paid tribute to the shocking murders of PC Nicola Hughes and PC Fiona Bone, the two dedicated police officers killed in Tameside.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“I am glad to be supporting Tony Lloyd as our police and crime commissioner candidate in Greater Manchester. Tony is right to focus on community policing, because he recognises that in Tameside, Stockport and across the whole of Greater Manchester, effective crime fighting has improved the quality of life for residents.

“We now find that community safety funding, which is allocated to every local authority in the country to tackle the causes of crime, has been cut by a massive 60% in just two years. We cannot afford to regress into a silo mentality, with the police pushing costs on to the NHS, councils and housing association, and councils pushing costs on to the police or other agencies. Total Place, an idea led by the Labour Government, ensured a holistic joint approach across agencies, and it worked.

“It is clear that the Government are letting all their policies be driven by short-sighted cost considerations. The police officers and staff in Greater Manchester police and all across the country do a great job in increasingly tough circumstances. Surely it is only right that we give them the proper finance, resources and tools to do the job well. That is what our communities want, it is what they demand and it is what they deserve.”

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