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Policing

Part of Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 2:18 pm on 4th November 2015.

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Photo of Andy Burnham Andy Burnham Shadow Home Secretary 2:18 pm, 4th November 2015

I will give way in a moment.

That brings me to my first question for the Home Secretary today. I have just described how we saw cuts to frontline services in the previous Parliament. I have also said that we are looking at cuts of possibly up to 25%. What evidence can she point the House to today that says that the Government can safely shrink the police by a quarter from its current overstretched position and not put public safety at risk? In fact, what evidence is there that she can safely cut the police by 20%, 15% or even 10%? We would love to see it, but I do not think that we will. I do not think that that evidence even exists. This is what is happening: we are being asked to accept major changes to the police without the evidence to justify it.