“People want to know who will keep us safer?” said Julie Jackson, Labour’s outspoken candidate.
“Jeremy Corbyn wants to put 10,000 more police on the streets. Theresa May has cut 20,000 Police since 2010. We also need to review the current weak anti-terrorist laws and go back to the tougher laws under Labour.”
Theresa May reduced the number of armed police on our streets from 7,000 in May 2010 to 5,600 this year. That’s 1300 less trained armed police than in 2010. She says she will now restore armed police numbers by Christmas, but It takes months to fully train an armed officer. She let us down on armed officers.
Julie Jackson said, “The plain fact is that, today there are less armed Police on our streets than in 2010, as a result of cuts by Theresa May.”
As Home Secretary Theresa May also abolished the terrorist Control Orders introduced by Tony Blair in 2005. Those orders enabled strict supervision of suspected people who may have links to terrorism (even where no proof of crime yet).
The former Independent Terror Watchdog, Lord Carlisle has called it a “grave mistake” to abolish control orders to monitor terrorism suspects. Lord Carlisle told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme:
“In my view control orders worked very well in the period between 2005 and 2011.Although they were criticised for breaching civil liberties, in fact they were upheld by the courts, every control order was subject to automatic review by senior judges.
“53 were placed on Control Orders, 23 of them with relocation requirements and restrictions on their use of the internet and so on. I believe that may have saved dozens of lives and my view is that it was a grave mistake to remove control orders and to produce something more dilute.”
Blair’s Control Orders restricted the freedom of terrorism suspects and could be used to force people to move or curtail their use of phones and computers. They were abolished in 2012 by Theresa May, who said she had concerns over civil liberties.
Theresa May’s replacements are called T-PIMs (Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures). They have rarely been used because they are more difficult to prove and therefore to get from courts. There no TPIMs issued until recently. Now there are only about 7 TPIMs times.
Julie Jackson said, “The removal of control orders by Theresa May and the cuts in Police budgets have left Britain and Warwickshire at greater risk. T-PIMS are too weak. Our security would be improved by 10,00 officers and a change in anti-terrorism laws under Labour.”