Conservative Councillors have been forced to admit they have failed to push for an end to cuts to police budgets, despite criticising the Mayor’s record on crime.
During question time at the Council meeting on 1 May 2019, Labour Councillor Tim Roca asked Conservative Councillors if they had lobbied the government regarding funding pressures facing the Metropolitan Police – the vast majority of police funding comes from the Conservative run Home Office not the Mayor of London. Despite claiming they had, Conservative Councillor Ian Adams was subsequently forced to correct the record at a Council meeting on 26 June and admit Conservative Councillors never asked the Home Office to reverse their cuts to police funding. In fact, they’ve not raised the issue of police funding with the government at all.
Councillor Tim Roca, Shadow Cabinet Member for Education and Economic Development, said:
“The rank hypocrisy of attacking the Mayor when he is increasing his contribution to police budgets, whilst failing to lobby the government to stop cuts to their share, will be obvious to all. Most people will not be surprised considering the reckless slash and burn austerity on youth and other services for which Conservatives locally and nationally are responsible. I expect Conservatives will continue their disgraceful tactic of playing politics with the issue of crime, but doing nothing practical to help our communities.”