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Prime Minister’s Questions Corbyn homes in on Tory police failure

JEREMY CORBYN hammered the Tories on their key battleground of crime and policing during Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday.

The Labour leader left Theresa May floundering when he asked her whether she regretted cutting 21,000 police-officer jobs.

Taking a swipe at her record as home secretary, Mr Corbyn reminded the Prime Minister that violent crime is rising and chief constables say they “no longer have the resources to keep communities safe.”

During a heated exchange, he said: “Too many people don’t feel safe and too many people aren’t safe.

“We’ve just seen the highest rise in recorded crime for a quarter of a century.”

Mr Corbyn also pointed out that gun crime has soared by 20 per cent in the last year.

“The chief constable of Merseyside said recently: ‘Have I got sufficient resources to fight gun crime? No, I haven’t’,” the Labour leader noted, before asking: “Does the Prime Minister think he is crying wolf?”

Mr Corbyn argued that other public service cuts are “clearly contributing to the rise in crime,” including those to youth centre staff and the probation service, now disastrously part-privatised.

He stormed: “After seven years of cuts, will the Prime Minister today admit that her government’s relentless cuts to police, probation services and social services have left us less safe?

“The reality is you can’t have public safety on the cheap.”

In a sheepish response, Ms May claimed that “you can’t get away from the fact that what the government is doing is protecting police budgets,” with a supposed extra £450 million — following years of swingeing cuts.

“What we’re also doing is ensuring our police also have the powers that they need to do the job we want them to do,” she said.

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