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Hundreds more local police officers in Sussex are set to be axed, Labour will say today as it launches a campaign to keep bobbies on the beat and protect communities.

Later today, Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham will force 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 John 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.’

Labour’s campaign aims to get people to sign the petition before George Osborne stands up to give his Spending Review later this month.

The Sussex force lost 403 police officers and 52 Police Community Support Officers (PSCOs) between 2010 and 2015. Labour believes that while efficiency savings below 10 per cent can be achieved, a Police budget cut in double figures puts the public at risk. New figures show that a cut of 25 per cent, which the Government talked about, could result in a further reduction of 400 officers in Sussex.

In the Sussex violent crime has already risen by forty percent while the force is having to deal with new threats like cybercrime and online fraud.

Peter Kyle MP said:

“If Ministers cut the Police on the scale proposed, they will be putting public safety at risk and will go down as the Government that took thousands of bobbies off the beat.

“I want as many people as possible in our area to sign this petition to protect the local police force and I’m calling on MPs from all parties to join this campaign too. The consequences of Tory cuts are already being felt – we cannot afford to lose even more officers.

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Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, said:

“If people had known the Tories planned to end neighbourhood policing as we have known it and to take bobbies off the beat, they wouldn’t have voted for it. With crime starting to rise, now is not the time to cut the police.”

On his petition, Lord John Stevens, says:

“We call on the Government to listen to the public and police officers, drop plans for drastic cuts and protect visible, locally-responsive neighbourhood policing.

“In the last five years, police forces across England and Wales have lost 12,000 front-line officers. Government plans to cut the Police by between 25 per cent and 40 per cent over the next five years could lead to the loss of over 20,000 more. Indeed, any budget cuts in double figures would spell the end of neighbourhood policing and put the public at risk.”

 

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Tory cuts to local police force will put public safety at risk

Hundreds more local police officers in Sussex are set to be axed, Labour will say today as it launches a campaign to keep bobbies on the beat and protect communities....

As the new school terms begins, nearly 4,000 families in the South East are being let down down as they do not get into one of their top three preferred schools.

Harriet Harman MP, Interim Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“Despite David Cameron saying that parental choice was one of his priorities, far too many parents are missing out on getting their child into their first choice school and this number is rising. This is yet more evidence that the Tories’ education reforms are failing to deliver, and are letting children and parents down.”

 

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3,918 children in the South East do not get preferred school

As the new school terms begins, nearly 4,000 families in the South East are being let down down as they do not get into one of their top three preferred...

New figures from Labour show that 40 per cent of families with children in South East could be hit by David Cameron’s tax credit cuts. Across the UK the figure is 51 per cent, with the number rising to 56 per cent in five UK regions.

The House of Commons figures also show that 73 per cent of families in South East claiming tax credits are in work.

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Peter Kyle MP said: “People who have been struggling for the past five years are now worried things are about to get much worse. David Cameron needs to come clean about who the Tories are going to hit with these cuts.

“People in my community work hard, many of them do long hours on little pay but it is not enough to support their family and provide their children with a decent standard of living.

“If these cuts are targeted at the people who are going out to work but are still living in poverty, the Tories will have to answer to the people who voted for them that did so believing they offered aspiration. What credibility can they have now if one of the first things this Government does is hit people who are trying hard, against the odds, to support their families?”

 

New figures show Cameron’s cuts to tax credits could hit nearly than half of families in the South East

New figures from Labour show that 40 per cent of families with children in South East could be hit by David Cameron’s tax credit cuts. Across the UK the figure...

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