Seema Malhotra MP challenges Prime Minister Theresa May over cuts to police numbers during the debate on the Queens Speech for 2017.
As Home Secretary in the coalition and Conservative governments, Theresa May presided over cuts to both police numbers in general and armed police officers in particular. There was a 13.1% fall in the number of police officers since March 2009 but a 18% drop in the number of armed officers. Full numbers are available from the UK government.
Seema Malhotra said:
The Prime Minister will be aware that concerns have been raised across the country about the cuts in policing that were made in the last Parliament and the impact that they have had on the connection between the police and our communities. Will she now confirm that she will seek to reverse those cuts to ensure that we have such a connection when there are greater demands on police time and we need much more reassurance about the return of that connection with our communities?