In Parliament last week, Twickenham MP Munira Wilson, asked the Government when local residents would see this Government fulfil its promise of more police officers on our streets. With knife crime doubling over the last decade and incidents making local residents feel unsafe, it is time that the Government followed through on their promise of more police officers.

In their 2019 Manifesto, the Conservatives pledged 20,000 more officers for England and Wales. Yet, in London, we have seen just one more officer per month recruited under the scheme. To meet the Conservatives’ own target of 177 officers by March 2023, that rate would have to increase to 10 officers per month over the next 15 months.

Watch Munira’s contribution in the video below:

“Since the Prime Minister was Mayor of London, we have seen community policing slashed. Yet, in the same period, knife crime has doubled,” says Munira. “In Twickenham, tragically, there was a fatal stabbing of an 18-year-old college student in September.  I asked the Policing Minister when we will see a boost to the community policing in Twickenham and across the Richmond Borough which was promised in 2019.”

The Liberal Democrats have called for an investment of £1 billion to restore community policing, enough for two new police officers in every ward.

Commenting, Munira said, “We need more than just empty promises from the Government. This Government needs to do more, and I will continue to raise my voice in Parliament to call for safer streets for local residents.”