Portsmouth MP speaks out against proposed police funding strain

Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan. Picture: Loughlan Campbell
Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan. Picture: Loughlan Campbell

GOVERNMENT plans to transfer pension liabilities to Hampshire Constabulary have been criticised by a Portsmouth MP.

In the House of Commons earlier today, Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan pressed the minister for policing, MP Nick Hurd, on a proposed £4m transfer of pension liabilities Hampshire’s police force.

Mr Morgan says that Hampshire Constabulary is ‘already overstretched’ and fears that the force could lose police officers as a result.

The Portsmouth MP said: ‘The minister’s answer today showed just how much contempt this government has for frontline policing.

‘To accuse our police of ‘exaggerating’ the impact of cuts really takes the biscuit.

‘After losing 1,000 officers and coming up to £100m in funding, and crime up 10 per cent, the answer to our overstretched and underpaid force is not £4m more in cuts – Portsmouth can’t take any more.

‘These cuts are reckless and ultimately making our city less safe.’