I’m lucky enough to have a job where I get to fight every day for the things that really matter to people in my community. One of my key priorities is ensuring that everyone in Stockport and the whole of Greater Manchester has access to policing and justice.
As with any area, Stockport has a set of policing issues that must be addressed over the coming months. At a recent Prevent briefing, Reddish ranked highly for far-right interventions – meaning several individuals were referred to the programme and given support to stop them being drawn into terrorism and hate crime. Tackling this problem will require ongoing work, and I will continue to do everything I can alongside local leaders and councillors to prevent those who are at risk of being radicalised from being drawn into criminality.
Domestic violence also continues to be a problem in Stockport, and I was therefore pleased to see Andy Burnham outlining his whole-system approach to tackling Violence Against Women and Girls earlier this year. This plan includes better access to the criminal justice system, improved services for people who are homeless because of domestic violence and a variety of other measures. As well as this, last month Stockport Council voted to seek prestigious White Ribbon accreditation. Receiving this accreditation would mean that the council has demonstrated a commitment to improving organisational culture, safety, and morale, and has pledged to help staff and communities address male violence against women.
We are also working hard to tackle problems relating to speeding and enforcement. Labour Councillors are liaising regularly with Greater Manchester Police to improve speeding enforcement and address reckless driving. Residents with concerns related to specific roads and areas are encouraged to email email@example.com to enable the police to prioritise and act at locations causing residents the most concern. Furthermore, there has been some great targeted initiatives in conjunction with GMP, including the recent Morrisons Reddish Bike Marking event which will assist in deterring theft, and help police return property to victims of crime.
On a national level, Labour is calling on the Conservatives to reverse their drastic cuts to the police service so that antisocial behaviour does not continue to rise and victims seeking justice are no longer forced to wait years for it. A Labour Government would boost funding to the police and ensure the provision of youth clubs and treatment services to help prevent crime.
Tackling crime, antisocial behaviour and dangerous driving is so important to me and to local councillors, and I look forward to continuing to work with them on creating a safer and stronger Stockport.
Anyone affected by domestic abuse can contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline at any time on 0808 2000 247.