STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds has called on the government to debate the plans to cut police funding in Greater Manchester.
Nationally, the government has drawn up plans to cut 20 per cent from the policing budget. And in Greater Manchester police chiefs have warned that up to 1387 of the force's 8000 police officers and a further 1400 civilian posts could be cut over the next three years.
MPs across Greater Manchester have joined together to oppose the cuts to Greater Manchester Police. And on Thursday (Dec 16) Jonathan Reynolds MP called on the Leader of the House the Rt Hon Sir George Young to make Parliamentary time available so that the matter could be debated.
He said: ". . . the news that Greater Manchester police is to lose a quarter of its entire work force, including over 1,000 front-line officers, is causing real concern in my constituency.
"We will shortly find out what the public think of this policy at the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election, but will the Leader of the House help Members representing Greater Manchester constituencies to get a debate on this issue?
"He might be satisfied with the news about his local force, but Greater Manchester Members are not."
Mr Reynolds says he is "extremely disappointed" that there are not yet any plans to make parliamentary time for this important issue.
But he hopes that pressure from Greater Manchester MPs will ensure the issue is scrutinised in Parliament in the New Year.
Commenting on the issue, he said: "This level of cuts cannot be made to the Greater Manchester Police force without it having a serious impact on the people in our region. And there are very real concerns that such a significant reduction in policing will risk public safety.
"Of course MPs across Greater Manchester will continue to oppose these cuts - and I do hope that time may be found in parliament to debate this important issue."
Earlier this month Jonathan Reynolds joined other Tameside MPs to show support for a petition opposing the police cuts.
The petition reads, ‘we the undersigned support the campaign opposing the cuts to Greater Manchester Police of 1387 frontline police officers by the LibDem-Tory coalition government'.
It can be signed at www.999wrongcutswrongtime.com
Published December 20, 2010