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So much for the party of law and order.

The Conservative government has cut the money available to local authorities for crime prevention by more than half since 2010 – £7 billion – and Tory councils have delivered the heaviest cuts to that service.

Oh, by the way, violent crime and sexual offences have increased hugely during that time. Coincidence?

Only a fool would think so.

According to the Office for National Statistics, knife crime and robbery increased by a massive 14 per cent in the 12 months to September 2017, with about 5.3 million crimes recorded.

According to the Mirror: “Between 2009/10 and 2017/18, spending on crime reduction by local authorities has been cut by almost 60%, falling from £363m to £154m.

“Over the same period, the number of council employees working on ‘crime reduction’ has fallen by more than a third, from 120,334 to just 77,720.

“Of the 20 local authorities with the largest cuts to crime reduction expenditure since 2009/10, 15 are Conservative-controlled.”

And if you want to know where the Tories have opened up the greatest opportunities for the criminal, it’s Sevenoaks, in Kent, which has had its entire crime prevention budget eliminated.

Wasn’t there a recent news story about property prices plummeting in Tory-controlled areas of the UK? I wonder if the two phenomena may be linked.

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