Our MP raised himself to speak in Parliament yesterday, asking a patsy question at Prime Minister’s Questions.
Given that crime in London has fallen in recent years, does my right Hon. Friend think that it is now time to cut neighbourhood policing teams?
The mendacious Brown used it as an opportunity to continue his police cuts slur against Boris.
Neighbourhood policing has been so successful in London that it is now used in all parts of England. The reason that crime has come down is that there is a visible police presence in these areas and local people are in touch with their local police forces. That is why, under the current Mayor of London, crime has fallen by 15 per cent. and there are 6,000 more police officers and 4,000 more community support officers. The one thing that would put the policing of London at risk is the election of a Conservative Mayor.
This was only the fourth time that Sharma has spoken in the Commons since he was elected in July and the first time in almost six months. It seems that both at Ealing council and at the Commons he thinks an appearance about once every six months is a reasonable work rate for an elderly man with two jobs.
I acknowledge TheyworkForYou.com as the source for the Parliamentary stats – great job, again.