West Lancashire MP, Rosie Cooper came out fighting in a Parliamentary debate today over Conservative cuts to Lancashire Police's budget that could see front desk services in Ormskirk disappear. Just as police officers are also disappearing.
Local residents could be hit with rising crime as savage cuts see over £40 million slashed from police budgets. The proposals for West Lancashire include closing public access to the front desk at Ormskirk police station and the sale of police stations and houses around West Lancashire in order to cover the massive budget cuts.
Rosie used the debate on the effects of Government policies on police forces to loudly voice to Ministers her objections and those of local residents to what is happening to police services that has brought about these proposals to cut local services.
Speaking after the debate MP Rosie said:
"Ministers need to understand that cuts to the police budget have real impacts on how people go about their daily lives. I wanted to use this debate to highlight how this Conservative-led Government has broken its promise that budget cuts would not affect frontline services.
"As it stands under these proposals residents will now have to travel up to 25 miles for a round trip to the local police station. I believe that people should feel safe in their homes, they should feel safe walking the street. My fear though is that attack after attack upon the police in this way will lead to an increase in crime.
"This is sad. Lancashire Police has spent many years tackling crime and is rightly recognised as one of, if not, the best police force in the country So much of that excellent work could be undermined by the slash and burn policies of the Government.
"Let me be clear, this is the price the people of West Lancashire will pay for a Conservative-led government.”