Today I used my Prime Minister’s Question to challenge the Government on their failure to give South Wales Police the resources they need to protect the public after two more violent incidents in Cardiff over the weekend.
This weekend once again police officers were called upon to deal with a brutal act of violence in Cardiff, a fatal stabbing near Cathays Park and an attack on a mosque near Wyverne Road. The response from the officers and the community has been exemplary. I know the police are doing all they can to bring those responsible to justice.
But neither the police nor the community are getting the resources they need to prevent crime. Since the Tory – Lib Dem coalition in 2010 South Wales Police has lost £61 million, and across the country almost 20,000 police officers have lost their jobs. This has been combined with a botched probabtion service that has cost over £500 million to produce a worse service and cuts to Local Authority and Devolved Budgets which makes it harder to deliver the Youth Services and support to keep people away from a life of crime.
The results have been clear, over the last year knife crime has risen by 23%, almost half of it in the area covered by South Wales Police.
Penny pinching will not protect the public. A UK Labour Government would;
– Put 10,000 extra police officers back on the streets
– Provide Councils and devolved Governments more money to invest in our communitites to make sure young people have safe spaces
– Support policing communities can trust
As your Member of Parliament I have regular meetings with South Wales Police to raise your concerns and I have repeatedly asked for the Government to give Cardiff Capital City funding to help it cover the costs of protecting public events like they do with London – but they have repeatedly refused to do so.
I will continue to push for action to make our communities safer.
Ultimately we need to give the police the resources to tackle crime and communities the tools to tackle the causes of crime – only a UK Labour Government can deliver that.