Ed Miliband launches nationwide campaign to halt Conservative-led Government's irresponsible police cuts30 August 2011
Ed Miliband MP Leader of the Labour Party, today launches a nationwide campaign to halt the Conservative-led Government's irresponsible police cuts which he warns "will weaken the forces of law and order on our streets".
He will criticise the Government's "hollow words" and promise to force a House of Commons vote against funding cuts that will otherwise reduce the number of police officers by more than 16,000.
On a visit to Lewisham, one of the London boroughs affected by riots, the Labour leader will meet with local police to discuss both the impact of the cuts and the lawlessness they faced earlier this month.
Later, he will tour the streets with Steve Bullock, the Labour Leader of Lewisham Council, to talk with members of the community.
Mr Miliband is expected to say:
"Today we are launching a campaign to force this reckless Government to think again on police cuts that can only weaken the forces of law of order on our streets when there is such widespread concern over the safety of our communities.
"If there is one lesson we should all learn from the riots is that it was crucial to have our police bravely standing between home and shops on the one hand - and lawlessness on the other.
"The Conservatives are talking tough but their words are hollow.
"They are speaking hollow words when, rather than making sensible savings that protect front line services, this Government is insisting that it will press ahead with cuts that go too far and too fast.
"They are speaking hollow words when this Government insists on spending £100m to create a new tier of politicians through elected police chiefs at the same time as cutting the number of officers on the street.
"And they are speaking hollow words when David Cameron pledges the Treasury will stand behind policing costs during the riots but has done no such thing, leaving forces across the country with the prospect of making even deeper cuts than they are currently planning.
"The last Labour government invested in the police and, together, we helped cut crime by 43 per cent. The police themselves and the people they protect are desperately worried. They want to see action - not hollow words - and that's why we are calling on the Government to think again on cutting the number of officers patrolling our streets."