This morning I spoke in a Westminster Hall debate on Community Policing. The situation looks grim and members from all over the country spoke of their serious concerns locally. But all we got is warm words from the Minister. He recognises the demand and strain on policing - the test of his commitment will come at this month's budget. Watch the video of my speech here.
Today at Prime Minister's Questions I asked the Prime Minister to change the law on pursuits and tackle moped crime. She tells me tackling crime isn't an issue of resources. For a former Home Secretary she doesn't have a clue what she's talking about when it comes to the police - but she didn't deny that an unfunded pay settlement will result in a further loss of frontline officers. Watch the video here.
I spoke in the urgent question, brought by Labour, about the awful situation affecting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Sadly the Minister was dreadful, failed to condemn the genocide and failed to call on Aung San Suu Kyi to take action. You can watch my question here.
At PMQs I raised the dangerous situations the NHS is being forced to place very vulnerable young people in due to stretched mental health funding. I asked if she would consider giving NHS England the power and responsibility to inspect the quality of care prior to commissioning beds rather than waiting for the Care Quality Commission to inspect. You don’t often get a straight answer at PMQs so I was pleased that she seemed to take it seriously and said the Health Secretary will intervene. Clearly mental health needs better funding and I’ll be raising this further with Jeremy Hunt. You can watch the full clip here.
In my first question as Shadow Police Minister I pushed the Government on pay cuts for our bravest and best. The Minister's answer on Government plans was as clear as mud - you can see the question here.