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Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, commenting on the selection of Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioner candidates, said:
"Labour is determined to stand up for local communities in these elections.
“The Government is making the wrong choices on crime, taking frontline police off the streets, weakening powers to deal with anti-social behaviour, and opening the door to the privatisation of core services.
“Labour candidates will fight the impact of these reckless changes, working within local communities to bring about the change people want.”
Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, said:
"Labour police and crime commissioners will stand up for local communities against the Tory-led Government's unprecedented attack on the police and community safety.
"Labour's work with communities and the police helped cut crime and antisocial behaviour, with crime falling by 43 per cent when we were in government.
"Instead, David Cameron and Theresa May are cutting the police by 20 per cent with the loss of over 16,000 police officers and making it harder for the police to use DNA, CCTV and forensic evidence. At the same time we are seeing worrying rises in personal crime.
"We still believe that the Government should call off these November elections and spend the extra money involved on over 3000 new police constables.
"If they don't, Labour's talented and experienced candidates for Police and Crime Commissioners will campaign hard against these government cuts, putting neighbourhood policing first with bobbies on the beat and a promise not to privatise the neighbourhood patrol or leave it only to PCSOs.
"Our candidates launched today have a wealth of experience in national and local policing, community safety, youth justice, crime prevention and sentencing - experience that is going to be vital when trying to protect communities and fight crime despite the reckless actions of this Government.
"Policing is too important to leave in the hands of a deeply discredited Tory-led Government or their cheerleader commissioners. So our candidates will work hard to defend our communities whilst reforms to these plans are debated.
"Tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime is still Labour's approach because it works; it worked for our communities before and could again if supported by government. Our police and crime commissioner candidates will stand up for this approach and for the local communities whose safety is being put at risk by this Government."