Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, yesterday (10th May 2012) showed his support as off duty police officers from Teesside took their campaign – ’20% police cuts are criminal’ – to the streets. The campaign highlights the huge cuts to police numbers and the risk to crime and public safety.
“Police taking to the streets on this scale to campaign against the Government’s cuts is unprecedented. Theresa May is ignoring all the warning signs about the risks she is taking, and she has forced the Police to take direct action.
“I, along with my Labour colleagues, voted against the 20% cuts and have continually campaigned for the Government to change its plan. By the time of the next election, Cleveland will have lost 224 police officers but, as I have previously mentioned, Theresa May has failed to visit the area once since becoming the Home Secretary.
“The Government is arrogant and will no doubt plough ahead with these cuts, but I felt it was necessary to support local police officers who are keeping our communities safe.”