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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

My right hon. Friend rightly says that there is evidence that violent crime—knife crime and sexual assault–is on the increase and that the Metropolitan police have seen some reductions, particularly in her community. The big worry is that if the Government proceed with the spending plans they set out at the Budget, thousands of police officers could be taken off the streets of this country, particularly in London, where the change would be most keenly felt. That should concern Members on both sides of the House.