Theresa May and the Tories lied through their teeth about the crime rate, to justify the huge cuts to police numbers.

That is the fact behind the latest release of police-recorded crime figures by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Here’s a quick summary, courtesy of the BBC and our friends at EL4JC:

Compare this with what – for example – David Davis claimed on the BBC’s Question Time, back on May 4. He said:

In the same programme, Labour’s Rebecca Long-Bailey contradicted him:

Who was right? Rebecca Long-Bailey.

At least, she was closest. Mr Davis’ figures were out of date, and he was quoting them in an attempt to hoodwink the general public.

Ms Long-Bailey, it turns out, was just one percentage point out. Violent crime increased by 18 per cent in the year to March 2016, according to the most recent police recorded crime figures.

It is important to use the recent figures, rather than the trend figures, because of the carnage wreaked by the Tories – and especially Theresa May in her role as Home Secretary – in recent years. We need to look at the effects of their cuts and tinkering.

Remember, it was in 2015 that she was warned – by the Police Federation, no less – that her cuts would be dangerous:

She said they were “scaremongering”:

And then this year – after the Manchester bombing, and faced with the fact that she had cut the number of armed police by 1,337 – Mrs May had to put the army on British streets to deal with the emergency.

She had cut police numbers to a level that endangered the people she wanted to vote for her.

And, take note, these new forces were deployed only to protect the Royals, the government and foreign ambassadors – not the British people.

Now we see that her cuts have endangered us all far more than we originally suspected, with crime up across the board.

Police numbers have fallen for eight consecutive years, by more than 20,000:

And police recorded crime has increased every year since 2014 – showing that Theresa May was lying when she told police they were “scaremongering”, and so was David Davis on Question Time.

You can’t trust Tories to keep you safe.

You can only trust them to use power to line their own pockets and leave you at the mercy of the criminals.


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