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Aren’t Londoners glad they ignored Zac Goldsmith’s Islamophobic claptrap about Sadiq Khan and elected the right man to be Mayor of London!

As shocking figures were released showing that crime has risen by 40 per cent after the Conservative government took nearly 30,000 police – and support – officers off the streets, Mr Khan has announced he is strengthening the city’s violent crime taskforce.

Admittedly, the change is temporary – 122 officers are being redirected from traffic duty for three months – but it is more than the Tories would do. They would be happier to see a continued, steady trickle of arrests for traffic violations (and the accompanying revenue from fines) than safer streets.

And let us not forget that Conservative rhetoric encourages violent crime – especially against Muslims.

Nationally – well, let’s watch Labour’s video on the subject:

Matt Thomas has some extra information:

In fact, the NAO has claimed the Home Office has no idea of the effect its swingeing cuts have had on policing across the UK. Perhaps this is the most damning fact of all.

Amyas Morse, the head of the NAO, said: “The financial sustainability of police forces and their ability to deliver effective services is reliant on the Home Office understanding national and local demands and allocating funds fairly.

“There are signs that forces are already experiencing financial strain and struggling to deliver effective services to the public. If the Home Office does not understand what is going on, it will not be able to direct resources to where they are needed, with the risk that the situation could get worse.”

Here’s one more fact for you: Among Conservative supporters, Home Secretary Sajid Javid is the most popular minister in the Cabinet. A recent ConservativeHome poll gave him a satisfaction rating of 61.9.

So he thinks he’s doing all right!

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