Portsmouth MP speaks out against proposed police funding strain

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

Tuesday, 6th November 2018, 6:51 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th November 2018, 7:56 pm
Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan. Picture: Loughlan Campbell
Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan. Picture: Loughlan Campbell

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.

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'˜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.'