MP Andrew Gwynne has urged local residents to sign an e-petition against further police cuts as thousands more police officers prepare to face the axe in Greater Manchester.
Earlier this month, Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham forced a Commons vote aimed at halting Government plans to cut Police budgets by up to 25 per cent over the next five years. Labour believes any cuts in double figures will have damaging consequences for policing and public safety.
A national petition sponsored by the former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, crossbench peer Lord Stevens, aims to build cross-party and cross-community support for the campaign. The country’s former most senior police officer calls on Ministers to “drop plans for drastic cuts”, “listen to the public and police officers” and also warns of the “end of neighbourhood policing”.
Time is running out, with George Osborne’s spending review set to be published on Wednesday.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“I am urging all local residents to sign Lord Stevens’ e-petition to protect our neighbourhood policing. It is crucial that we don’t lose any more officers in Greater Manchester.
“We face the very real risk of losing neighbourhood policing in its entirety over the next five years. Government plans could well lead to the loss of over 20,000 more officers over the next five years, which is a disgrace.”