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Gordon presses PM for second time on Police cuts and “flawed” Government funding formula

Gordon has questioned the Prime Minister for the second time in a fortnight on cuts to police funding, after the Home Office formula was admitted as “flawed”.Paris.jpg

His question comes less than a week after the tragic shootings in Paris, which claimed over a 120 lives, and the Blackpool South MP spoke about how local intelligence and neighbourhood policing could be crucial in the fight against terrorism.

Less than two weeks ago, the Government admitted the funding formula for policing was “flawed” and Gordon urged the David Cameron to look reconsider the police cuts in response to this ahead of next week’s Comprehensive Spending Review.

Speaking at PMQs, he said: “I raised concerns with the Prime Minister here two weeks ago about neighbourhood policing and security being threatened by the scale of the proposed cuts and about the Lancashire funding formula, which has now been admitted to be flawed.

“Will he reflect on the words: “When facts change, I change my mind”? Given that police local intelligence can be crucial against terrorists, perhaps this is not the time to jeopardise it with arbitrary Treasury targets for cuts.”

Gordon also used his question to pay his own tribute, like many in Blackpool and across the UK already have to the people of France, making reference to the Blackpool Tower being lit in red, white and blue as an offering of solidarity to all those affected.

To see Gordon's question in full and the Prime Minister's response click here .

 

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