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During Home Office questions my colleague Yvette Cooper MP asked the Home Secretary how many police officers would be recruited to increase our ability to tackle extremists and their terrorist activities. No answer was forthcoming so I used my question to ask the Home Secretary once more how many officers would be employed and when.

Not only did the Government frontbench feel that it was appropriate to snort at the call for more police the Home Secretary said it wasn’t the most important aspect of tackling terrorism. As a former Security and Policing Minister I can tell you that the number of bobbies on the beat in communities really does make a difference.

It is also important to remember that when the Home Secretary was running for leadership of the Tories he pledged to recruit another 20,000 officers. Miraculously now that he is no longer a candidate for the leadership he has forgotten this pledge despite the fact he occupies the one job in government where he could recruit more police.

By David Hanson MP / Latest News / / 0 Comments
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The Home Secretary made a statement to Parliament today which detailed how the UK Government would increase funding for the places of worship fund, including a £5m fund to provide security training. Established in 2016, the places of worship fund aims to help fight hate crime, and provide support and equipment so places of worship can operate safely.

I wanted the Home Secretary to provide more information on how police would be supported in their prevention strategies and how the Counter Terrorism teams would be given the powers they need to tackle closed social media groups.

The rise of far right terrorism across Europe is deeply worrying and we should be doing all we can to bring it to an end. The Home Office has cut 21,000 police officers from our streets, and although this funding is welcomed, they must rebuild our intelligence led policing capacity.