Amber Rudd was interviewed by Andrew Marr, May 28, 2017. Notice the defensive body language.

Why did Andrew Marr fail to ask Amber Rudd about the harm to UK security caused by cutting police forces by 20,000 since 2010? Where was the criticism of their decision to cut 1,337 firearms officers? What about the loss of one-third of police dogs?

It seems clear the BBC is still giving the Conservative Party an easy time in this general election campaign.

Mr Marr did manage to drag from Amber Rudd an admission that the Tory ‘Dementia Tax’ is still very much a part of the party’s manifesto commitments. The only difference is that, contrary to Jeremy Hunt’s claims before Theresa May’s now-infamous u-turn last Monday (May 22), there will be a cap on it – to be decided only after the Conservatives have won the election, and when they can put it where they like without fearing a loss of votes.

See for yourself. Here’s Ms Rudd’s admission:

Here’s Jeremy Hunt explaining exactly what the Dementia Tax is about: It’s about creating an insurance market for care of the elderly (that will cost anyone likely to inherit a family member’s house, not only the building but its entire value as well):

Here’s Amber Rudd on the BBC’s Question Time last week, being utterly defeated by an audience member who criticised her over the loss of 20,000 police officers and its implication for intelligence-gathering against terrorists:

Here’s James O’Brien on LBC, pointing out that the policing cuts included 1,337 firearms officers – and now we have 984 armed soldiers on our streets, covering for the police, almost a one-for-one replacement.

Notice the comments from Damian O’Reilly to the police federation in 2015. He said “intelligence has dried up” because there is “no pro-active policing” even though “neighbourhood policing [is] critical to dealing with terrorism”. His words are a complete (and prophetic, as they are from two years ago) rebuttal of Ms Rudd’s claim on Question Time.

Who do you believe? The woman from the political party that wielded the axe and caused the cuts that led to the atrocity in Manchester on Monday night, or the police officer who warned against them?

Labour has a plan to restore policing and counter-terrorism levels to their pre-Tory numbers.

So vote Labour on June 8 – to save your children from terror.

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