In their manifesto, the Lib Dems promised that they would put an extra 3,000 police on Britain’s streets.
But since the election – and since getting into the bed with the Tories and supporting deep cuts to public services – the Lib Dems and the Tories have instead announced plans to cut tens of thousands of police officers.
And it is estimated that Merseyside Police will itself lose 800 police officers thanks to the cuts.
We are proud of the Labour Government’s record on police, and on fighting crime. Under Labour, there was investment in our police. Crime fell. We tackled anti-social behaviour and domestic violence. And with the introduction of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), we linked police into their communities.
These Lib Dem / Tory cuts will make the lives of the police harder, not easier, and the lives of criminals easier, not harder.
We’re campaigning for these cuts to stop. We need a well staffed, well trained police force in Liverpool. The Government’s cuts which are too deep, and too fast, threaten to make the lives of criminals easier, and the jobs of the police harder.
You can write to the Home Secretary, Theresa May MP, demanding a halt in cuts to police numbers at firstname.lastname@example.org. You might want to use the following text:
You can write to the Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg MP, demanding that his party keeps to its election promises, at email@example.com. You might want to use the following text:
Or you can write to your own local MP, outlining your concerns about police numbers, and what the cuts might mean for you.
If you live in Garston and Halewood, you can contact Maria Eagle MP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you live in Liverpool Riverside, you can contact Louise Ellman MP at email@example.com.
If you live in Liverpool Walton, you can contact Steve Rotheram MP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you live in Liverpool Wavertree, you can contact Luciana Berger MP at Luciana.email@example.com.
If you live in Liverpool West Derby, you can contact Stephen Twigg MP at Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org.