Our city MP is working relentlessly in Parliament to stand up for our police as Portsmouth continues to be affected by government cuts to front line policing. Sadly, local businesses have been targeted by criminals and violent crime and anti-social behaviour are on the rise.
Stephen has used Prime Minister’s Questions to raise this issue directly with Theresa May; he brought up a delegation of local business owners directly affected by crime in our city to the House of Commons to meet with a minister and has been working alongside residents and officers across the city to tackle anti-social behaviour.
With Hampshire sadly losing 1,000 officers and crime up 10% in Portsmouth, the lobbying paid off with Stephen securing a visit to Portsmouth by the Policing Minister to see directly some of the challenges our city faces. Stephen is also pushing the Police and Crime Commissioner to spend less on office costs and more on frontline policing in Portsmouth.
“It is vital that we secure fairer funding for local police in the face of massive cuts. If you remove 21,000 police officers from this country’s streets then inevitably offences are far harder to prevent and prosecute. Portsmouth has fewer bobbies on the beat and those that remain are overworked and under-resourced”.
Meeting regularly with senior police officers to discuss matters Portsmouth people raise and going out on patrol with frontline police officers Stephen added:
“I’ve repeatedly written to the Home Secretary and Police and Crime Commissioner and raised this issue in Parliament with the same poor response. The Government are simply not serious about tackling crime. I promise that I’ll continue to fight for our police to get the resources they need to keep us all safe”.