Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:53 pm on 19th December 2017.

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Photo of Richard Drax Richard Drax Conservative, South Dorset 1:53 pm, 19th December 2017

Thank you, Mr Speaker. I think I shall demand an urgent question if this continues.

I thank my hon. Friend for the increase in police funding, but I would be failing in my duty if I did not speak up for the funding of Dorset police, which have been underfunded for years. Does my hon. Friend agree that although things such as cyber-crime are taking police officers off the streets—the police are doing a wonderful job—we need to keep a uniformed presence on the ground, because that is where the deterrent is most effective and the intelligence is gathered?