Gareth Thomas MP

From Harrow, For Harrow.

Gareth Thomas MP speaks out about police cuts in Harrow

Gareth Thomas MP has backed Harrow's police and asked the Prime Minister, David Cameron, why there are fewer police on our streets in yesterday's (24/10/2012) Prime Minister's Questions.

Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West) (Lab/Co-op): "Last year the Prime Minister told the House that there was no reason why front-line police officer numbers needed to fall, but my constituents in Harrow tell me that they are seeing fewer police on our streets. Is not the real truth that there are 6,800 fewer police officers since he came to power?"

To watch the video, click here.

Further to this, Gareth asked two questions during the debate on the Police yesterday (24/10/2012):

Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West) (Lab/Co-op): Is not what has happened in London particularly instructive in terms of the context for this debate? Mayor Boris Johnson has presided over almost 1,500 police officers being cut and almost 2,000 police community support officers being lost. Is that not part of the Conservative record and to be regretted?

 Mr Thomas: The right hon. Gentleman referred to reports by HMIC, so he will presumably be familiar with the concerns that it made clear earlier this year about the future performance of the Metropolitan police, given the cuts that the Mayor of London is likely to push through. Does the right hon. Gentleman accept that there is even more concern, particularly in the suburbs of London, about rumours of significant closures of police stations and custody suites and mergers of borough commands?

To watch the video, click here.

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