Conference 2019: Lib Dems commit to turning offenders lives around

Conference 2019: Lib Dems commit to turning offenders lives around

Home Office, Police
Liberal Democrats have committed to turning the lives of offenders around with a series of rehabilitory measures to overhaul our criminal justice system. A motion passed this afternoon at the Conference in Brighton would improve access to secure housing, stable employment and protective measures specifically designed to support women. The party's Shadow Justice Secretary Christine Jardine said: “Our criminal justice system is in crisis. Prisons are overcrowded and understaffed. Riots, drug use, suicide and extreme violence have all become far too common. Too many prisoners go on to reoffend, which means more people becoming victims of crime. “For decades, Labour and Conservative governments have sent far too many people to prison who shouldn’t be there. At the same time, they have failed to properly provide the services that help people…
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Lib Dems reveal extent of ‘criminal’ Tory police cuts

Lib Dems reveal extent of ‘criminal’ Tory police cuts

Community, Home Office, Police
Liberal Democrat analysis of new Home Office figures, has revealed that the Conservative Government cut funding to Derbyshire Police by 6% in real terms between 2015-16 and 2019-20. According to Liberal Democrat analysis, total government funding to all 43 forces (in 2019-20 prices) fell from £8.48 billion in 2015-16 to £7.99 billion in 2019-20. 32 of the 43 forces across the country experienced cuts of 6% or more.  Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey said:“Across the country, we are seeing rising crime and falling police. Far too many people now feel unsafe walking down their own streets.“Taking 5,000 police off our streets in the last four years and cutting funding in real-terms by £490 million from 2015-16 to 2019-20 are big Tory crimes." Liberal Democrat Group Leader for North East Derbyshire, Cllr Ross…
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Javid plans: a derisory response to criminal threats

Javid plans: a derisory response to criminal threats

Home Office, Police
Commenting on reports that the Home Secretary is planning to extend stop and search powers, Liberal Democrats Home Affairs Spokesperson Edward Davey said:   "We are only going to get a grip on the rise in violent crime by investing in more community police, not by changing laws when there are too few police in the first place.   “Thinking new stop and search powers will help ignores the evidence, is frankly a derisory response to criminal threats from hi-tech drones and lasers and is a distraction from the real challenge of rebuilding community policing.   "Only a long term financial commitment to community policing will restore the trust in police that is so vital to fighting crime, whilst a disproportionate use of stop and search can undermine that very…
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Rudd’s Drugs Strategy ‘Out of Touch’ – Ross Shipman

Rudd’s Drugs Strategy ‘Out of Touch’ – Ross Shipman

Health, Home Office
The Liberal Democrats have criticised the Government's launch of a new Drugs Strategy, saying it will do nothing to reduce dependency. The Party recently entered the General Election with the pledge to have a legalised, taxed and regulated Cannabis market. Ross Shipman, Bolsover Parliamentary Spokesperson commented: "Out of touch is the best way to describe the latest strategy to tackle drug use from Amber Rudd." "It has all the hall-markings of somebody who is protecting votes, rather than protecting the health of those caught up in this failed war on drugs." "The government and other parties need to start respecting the evidence that we are seeing from countries around the world and here at home; that prohibition does not help you solve a problem like drug use." "It is now…
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Lib Dems call for extra £300m police funding a year

Lib Dems call for extra £300m police funding a year

Home Office
The Liberal Democrats have called on the government to propose an additional £300m a year for police forces across the country. It comes as senior police chiefs have warned that budget cuts are undermining their ability to do their jobs properly. Damian Green claimed in an interview this morning there are "no police cuts," despite police funding facing a real-terms cut of £160m between 2015-16 and 2016-17, and future cuts of -1.4% by 2020. Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Ed Davey said: "With Britain's senior police officers urgently calling for more resources, Theresa May's claims she properly protected the British people are now fully exposed as false. "For the Conservatives to deny police cuts even happened suggests they are in total denial and are effectively now challenging the word of Britain's…
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