Corbyn calls for May to resign over police cuts

Carla Harmon
June 6, 2017

"We have protected our all police budgets".

Corbyn accuses May of overseeing a drop of nearly 19,000 police officers during her time as head of the Home Office - that's the government ministry that oversees immigration, police, counterterrorism and other public safety-related concerns.

Tory deputy leader Jackson Carlaw said: "Once again this poll shows that the Scottish Conservatives are best-placed to take the fight to the SNP at this election".

"There's been calls made by very responsible people on this who are very anxious that she was at the Home office for all this time, presiding over these cuts in police numbers, and now is saying that we have a problem", Corbyn told ITV in an interview.

The latest YouGov/Sunday Times opinion poll puts the Conservatives on 42% and Labour on 38%, a lead of just four percentage points. Metropolitan police assistant commissioner Mark Rowley said Butt was known to security services but there was no evidence of "attack planning". She said: "But it's not just about resource, it's about the powers people have".

With successive governments failing to build enough housing - particularly social housing - the United Kingdom is in the grip of a worsening crisis, with homelessness on the rise, and while most people surveyed by Property Price Advice preferred Labour's housing proposals, the majority of respondents believe that the Tories will do a better job of managing the housing sector than Labour. In March, five people died after a man drove a van into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge and stabbed a policeman.

The terror attack in London comes as Corbyn has cut down the gap between his party and May's Conservatives to only one point, raising the stakes in the June 8 general election.

London police chief Cressida Dick said that, while some of the recent attacks in Britain had worldwide dimensions, they had a largely domestic "centre of gravity".

The key question now is whether the terror attacks will change people's minds on how they will vote on Thursday.

The election was called in the aftermath of a seismic constitutional event - Britain's exit from the European Union.

Corbyn seized on May's vulnerability over police numbers on Monday, calling on her to resign.

According to official data, officer numbers decreased every year that she was in the post, from 2010 to 2016. "She asks us to trust her on security but the truth is as home secretary she cut armed officers and cut community police numbers".

"Inevitably there will be increased discussion of security, with Labour focusing on Conservative cuts to police numbers and the Conservatives asking whether Labour is tough enough on counter-terrorism", says Tom Follett, policy and projects manager at the think-tank ResPublica. May attacked Mr. Corbyn's past opposition to Britain's nuclear deterrent system, Trident, anti-terror legislation, and shoot-to-kill policies.

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