Tom Blenkinsop ‘shocked’ at no-show Home Secretary

Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, today (17th April 2012) expressed shock as new figures revealed that Tory Home Secretary Theresa May has failed to visit the North East even once since May 2010 – despite heavy cuts to Police in the area.

Following a question by Tom Blenkinsop it was also revealed that Greater London and South East England have received 28 visits since May 2010 and clearly demonstrates the North-South divide.

Tom said:

“It is frankly appalling that Theresa May has failed to visit Teesside even once since taking on the crucial role Home Secretary in May 2010.

“In Teesside alone, the Government is cutting over 224 police officers and 10 PCSOs which risks the safety of our communities. Only last week I was talking with residents in Coulby Newham about local issues and one resident expressed concern over, what she perceived to be, an increase in burglary in the area.

“I’m sure the crime figures will prove or disprove this point but the fact remains that Theresa May is pushing through huge cuts to our Police, yet is not putting herself in the position to see the impact they have on local communities.”

Cleveland Police Authority member, Cllr Bernie Taylor, added:

“Cleveland Police are facing huge financial pressures from the cuts being imposed by the Government. Therefore, I was extremely disappointed, but not surprised when I saw these figures. I would urge the Home Secretary to visit Teesside before it is too late, and to witness the damage being caused by her cuts.”

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