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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 do not think that they do. Cuts on the scale proposed would mean the effective end of neighbourhood policing as we have seen it in recent years, particularly in rural areas and areas of lower risk. We would see thousands of bobbies taken off the beat. It would take us back to the bad old days of reactive and remote policing, with officers retreating to cars and to the station. They will not be out on the streets or visible in their communities.