Yesterday in Parliament, Ed Davey called on all London MPs to fight for a budget boost from the Chancellor for the Metropolitan police, as officer numbers are cut and crime increases in the Capital.
“We’re at crisis point here in London on crime and policing, with officer numbers falling and crime rising. The Chancellor must increase Met funding now, before rising crime spirals out of control.
“Crime was falling before 2015 but since then Conservative cuts have eroded the Met police force’s strength and in tackling crime in the capital.
“I am particularly concerned about officer numbers in Kingston which have dropped from 332 in November 2015 down to 280 in July while crime has increased from 9,608 offences per year to 10,576.
“Yesterday, in Parliament, I called on the Government to do the right thing and invest in the police. We urgently need officer numbers back to at least 2015 levels to keep our streets safe.”