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Police budget cuts 'will not mean worse services' - MP

The government's planned cuts to the policing budget in England and Wales can be made without leaving the public with a worse service, a Tory MP has argued.

During an opposition-led debate on crime and policing on 8 September 2010, Aidan Burley, the MP for Cannock Chase, criticised Labour's record in office, claiming that increased investment had not produced the improvements in outcomes that they had hoped for.

"If more money doesn't equal better public services then it cannot be the case that less money will mean worse services," he concluded.

"Why is that with a record number of police officers do the public still feel that they feel less safe when routinely asked?"

Mr Burley urged providers of public services to learn from private sector efficiency.

"It is only in the public sector that Labour's absurd notion that better results can only be achieved with more money is even bothered to be propagated."

But Labour backbencher Siobhain McDonagh called on the coalition to "seriously consider" what was going to happen to the police after the spending review.

"Cutting the number of police officers is against all our interests and is against the interests of our constituents," she warned.

At the conclusion of the debate, MPs voted to reject Labour's motion expressing "concern" about "the government's failure to prioritise the safety of communities by not protecting central government funding for the police" by 327 votes to 232, a government majority of 95.

Part one of the debate can be found on this page.


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