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.
In the House of Commons earlier today, Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan pressed the minister for policing, MP Nick Hurd, on a proposed Â£4mÂ transfer ofÂ 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 Â£100mÂ in funding, and crime up 10 per cent,Â the answer to our overstretched and underpaid force is not Â£4mÂ more in cuts '“ Portsmouth can't take any more.
'˜These cuts are reckless and ultimately making our city less safe.'