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Part of Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 5:11 pm on 4th November 2015.

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Photo of Peter Dowd Peter Dowd Labour, Bootle 5:11 pm, 4th November 2015

My hon. Friend is spot on. Our two areas are affected by a wide range of issues, from gun crime to organised crime, from day-to-day crime to fraud. A diverse community needs a diverse response.

By 2019, the workforce will be down by 40%. Specialist support teams dealing with such matters as sexual violence, hate crime, gun crime and organised crime will go, and that will have a significant effect on community reassurance. The police service is not just there to react. It is a bit like an insurance service: people like it to be there. All the partnership working is under a huge amount of stress.