- Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s ludicrous claim that massive Tory police cuts have nothing to do with crime rise blown apart by leaked Home Office documents
- Labour asks, ‘is she incompetent or misleading?’
- exposure of the concealed information adds weight to claims Tories are unfit for office after revelation of Boris Johnson’s dishonesty over Salisbury attack
Leaked Home Office documents show that Amber Rudd was aware that the police cuts imposed by the Tories are ‘likely’ to be responsible at least in part for the rise in serious violent crime – when she stated that they were not.
Rudd had earlier denied police cuts were a cause of the rise in serious crime – and had ludicrously tried to pin the blame on social media:
But the documents leaked to the Guardian show that Ms Rudd was not merely avoiding the obvious when she made her denial – her own department’s documents meant she knew there was a probable connection when she denied it.
Labour’s Shadow Policing and Crime Minister, Louise Haigh, laid out the significance of the leak:
While Boris Johnson is trying to hide from the consequences of making claims for which there was no evidence, Rudd is now in hot water for concealing information she did have, in order to make a false claim.
Neither the misleading statement nor the ‘revelation’ of the connection between the Tories’ enormous police cuts – some fourteen percent of the total number of officers in England and Wales – and the sharp rise in serious and violent crime are likely to surprise many people.
But as an indicator of the ever-deepening chaos, incompetence and dishonesty at the heart of this government – and the Tories’ willingness to sacrifice the safety of our citizens in the pursuit of cuts – it is extremely revealing.
And exactly the kind of ‘hot topic’ issue that will interest voters in the local elections less than a month away.
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