Thornton’s councillors are backing the campaign calling on the Lib Dem/Tory government and Boris Johnson to abandon their plans to cut our police officers.
In the wake of the worst civil unrest since the last Conservative government the London Mayor and his colleagues in government plan large scale police cuts.
It follows cutting Lambeth council’s budget by one third which has inevitably led to less services for our young and vulnerable people. The government has also scrapped the Educational Maintenance Allowance, which gave disadvantaged young people a small amount of money to study, and got rid of the scheme that helped youngsters find work and tripled university tuition fees.
Councillor Diana Morris said: “The rioting and looting we have seen on Lambeth’s streets and elsewhere is totally unacceptable and I hope that anyone who knows anything about criminal activity report it to the police. Please check this website to see if you know any of the suspects http://www.met.police.uk/disordersuspects/”
Cllr Morris added: “There is no justification for the criminality we have seen but it is not a coincidence that it has happened after the government has undermined support for our most disadvantaged young people by cutting opportunities for getting work, training and education.”
“We need to be tough on crime by supporting, not cutting and insulting, our police and on the causes of crime by supporting people to be responsible parents and citizens by getting an education, work and a sense of belonging to our society.”
Cllr Morris urged people to sign the online petition http://www.campaignengineroom.org.uk/labour-unlocked calling on Tory Mayor Boris Johnson to
- Abandon his plans to force 600 London police sergeants to reapply for their own jobs. They should be focusing on making the streets safe for Londoners, not worrying about their own jobs.
- Drop his plan to cut 300 sergeants from London’s 630 safer neighbourhood teams. In February 2011, Boris Johnson’s Deputy Mayor for Policing, Kit Malthouse pushed through plans to cut 300 sergeants from local beat teams.
- Reverse his decision to cut 1800 police officers in London over the next three years. Metropolitan Police Authority figures revealed that the number of police officers in London will is being cut by 1,800 between 2011 to 2013/4.