The Government’s Police Grant Report was debated in Parliament on Wednesday 7 February 2018. The Police Grant for 2018/19 promised up to £450 million for the police, however, Home Office funding for local forces will be cut by at least £100 million.
Police numbers are now at the lowest level in three decades. Since 2010 over 21,000 police officers have been lost, over 17,000 police staff and over 6,000 community support officers have been axed despite the Government’s promise to protect the frontline. In the West Midlands 2,000 police officers have been lost.
I am opposed to the Government’s police cuts and voted against the Police Grant Report on 1 February 2018 which was subject to double majority voting. The House divided and the result was: Ayes 295, Noes 239.
Votes cast by MPs for constituencies in England and Wales were: Ayes 275, Noes 229.