Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has backed Labour’s plans to make Britain’s streets safer, and criticised the Government after the scale of Police cuts in the North West were revealed.
The Conservative Government have slashed the number of Police Community Support Officers by 47% in the North West since 2015, meaning there are more than 2,300 less officers on the street.
Gwynne has slammed the cuts and accused the Government of taking its eye off the ball when it comes to neighbourhood policing. He has backed Labour’s plan to make Britain’s streets safer which includes:
- Preventing crime by putting 13,000 extra neighbourhood police and PCSOs on our streets
- Punishing offenders with tougher sentences for rapists and the introduction of ‘Respect Orders’ to sanction persistent antisocial behaviour.
- Protect communities with more police, more action to stop people being drawn into crime and more prosecutions.
Labour has made a specific commitment to halve violence against women and girls, and to clamp down on antisocial behaviour which has skyrocketed nationally by 30% since 2015.
Commenting, Andrew Gwynne said:
“The Tories have taken their eye off the ball, slashed local PCSOs and made our communities less safe as a result.
We need to get tough on crime, boost police numbers and take action to prevent people from being drawn into a life of crime. Instead, we’ve got a government that is sitting on its hands while antisocial behaviour skyrockets.
The Tories are soft on crime. It’s time for them to move out of the way and let Labour get on with the job of making our streets safer.”