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

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Photo of Pat McFadden Pat McFadden Labour, Wolverhampton South East 1:53 pm, 19th December 2017

What the Minister has done today is to pass the buck from the Government to local police and crime commissioners. He has done this at a time when the West Midlands force has lost £145 million in real terms in the past seven years, and 200 officers are no longer there to keep the public safe. Does the Minister not accept that if the tables were turned, and Conservative Members were in opposition facing a Government who had cut police numbers by over 20,000, they would be screaming about the injustice of it from the rooftops?