Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

PCC Hits out at Lib Dems' 'Betrayal'

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

PCC Hits out at Lib Dems' 'Betrayal'

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Byline: Rachel Wearmouth Regional Affairs Reporter

A ROW has broken out between a Newcastle Lib Dem and Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Vera Baird over budget cuts.

Councillor Anita Lower, leader of the city council's Lib Dem opposition, lambasted Labour for a change in policy which sees Jeremy Corbyn's party support a 10% cut to policing budgets while keeping PCCs - roles introduced by the Coalition.

The councillor says PCCs are "bureaucratic, unnecessary, and wasteful" positions and claimed Ms Baird had presided over a rise in crime.

But the Northumbria PCC hit back and said Lib Dems should say sorry for the "disgraceful betrayal" of voting for cuts under the Coalition, and added Northumbria was one of 32 UK forces that had seen crime figures jump.

"After spending the last five years opposing every single cut the Coalition made, making awful warnings about the inability of the thin blue line to cope, and pledging to scrap PCCs, Jeremy Corbyn's Labour frontbench now want to keep expensive and unnecessary police commissioners and want to literally decimate the police's budget," said the Lib Dem.

"With PCC elections on the horizon, Labour must make it absolutely clear where they intend the axe to fall. We have already seen that in Northumbria, unlike in many other parts of the country, crime rates have risen under the current Labour PCC.

"Along with Andy Burnham, Vera Baird and her colleagues must justify their poor record to the electorate, and publish a clear plan setting out how they would manage their proposed 10% budget reduction.

"I also hope the proposal will be properly publicised in every media release and election leaflet issued by Labour's PCC in the forthcoming PCC election campaign.

"Liberal Democrats continue to believe that PCCs and their offices of political cronies are bureaucratic, unnecessary, and wasteful. …

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