TORY CLAIM: “Police figures are stable”
TRUTH: We’ve lost 21,000 police since the Tories came to power and 1,200 in the last 6 months alone
TORY CLAIM: “We’re spending £450m extra on police this year”
TRUTH: That’s a £119m cut in real terms on last year and any ‘extra’ comes out of hikes in council tax
As my colleague shadow policing minister Louise Haigh says, the Tories are hopelessly out of touch.
With frontline police services decimated, it's little wonder we are witnessing the highest rises in recorded crime in a decade.