- Greater Manchester Police to get £15.6m extra a year under the Liberal Democrats.
- John Leech accuses Theresa May of 'unleashing a series of truly brutal cuts'.
- Leech: “These are now cutting right into the bone and down to the very core structure of our police forces leaving them under immense and impossible pressure."
John Leech has announced that the Liberal Democrats would boost investment in police forces by £300m a year. This is in stark contrast to the Conservatives who have overseen devastating cuts to community policing.
The former Manchester MP John Leech accused Theresa May of 'unleashing a series of truly brutal cuts', both as Home Secretary and Prime Minister.
He said: "May has spent years unleashing a series of truly brutal cuts, slashing policing budgets by over £2bn and eroding the very fabric of community policing."
Under the Liberal Democrats, Greater Manchester Police would see a funding increase of £15.6m a year. This could be used to restore a visible policing presence in the community and ensure the police have the training and tools to deal with the changing nature of crime.
The former Liberal Democrat MP and Manchester Withington candidate, John Leech, added: "Crime in south Manchester is on the rise; businesses are being targeted with violent attacks, car theft is going through the roof and local residents are understandably beginning to feel scared in their own communities.
"This investment in our police is absolutely vital. Under Theresa May – first as Home Secretary and now as Prime Minister, our police have had to deal with a series of truly brutal cuts. These are now cutting right into the bone and down to the very core structure of our police forces leaving them under immense and impossible pressure.
“Our police work tirelessly to keep us safe and this Government has completely betrayed them.
“Only the Liberal Democrats have a credible plan to reverse the increase in violent crime, boost community confidence and ensure the police have the resources they need to keep us safe.”