London Bridge attack: Sadiq Khan warns Tory police cuts means future terror attacks more likely
Sadiq Khan this morning warned that the Tories’ planned cuts to policing would make it harder to prevent future terror attacks from happening in the capital.
In the wake of the London Bridge terror attack Mr Khan warned that spending shortfalls could see the Metropolitan Police lose thousands of front-line police officers over the coming years.
The London Mayor argued that losing community police officers could see the intelligence and information they provide from local areas diminish and affect the force’s ability to foil future plots.
Labour say that under the Government’s current plans the number of officers could be reduced by between 3,400 and 12,800 police constables – a reduction of between 10-40% in the size of the force.
The Met has been tasked by ministers with finding an extra £400m in savings over the coming years, on top of the £600m it has been asked to find in reduction since the Tories took power in 2010.
But Labour argues that the Met could face a further cut of between £184m-£700m as a result of the Tories’ plans to change the police funding formula.
In a significant intervention Mr Khan first praised the response of the emergency services in dealing with the “horrific attack”, arguing their “tremendous bravery” undoubtedly helped save lives.
But he continued: “I have ensured that our police service has the resources they need to carry out the investigation into this horrific attack - however, I’m deeply concerned about the impact of the further police cuts that the Conservatives have already outlined.
“Our city has suffered two awful terrorist attacks since I was elected as Mayor – and we must do everything possible to stop there being any more.
“The Conservative plans mean another £400 million of cuts to the Met, as well as between £184m and £700m a year because of their changes to the police funding formula. That would mean London losing thousands of community police officers.
“Police officers in our communities act as the eyes and ears of the security services, providing the intelligence and information that allows us to disrupt attempted terrorist attacks.
“Cuts on this scale would make it harder to foil future terrorist attacks on our city – and as the Mayor of London I’m simply not willing to stand by and let that happen."
Seven people were killed and dozens injured as three assailants ran rampant in central London on Saturday night.
It marked the third terror attack in Britain this year and the second in the capital, after the assault on Westminster in March.
Theresa May has come under fire for her record as Home Secretary in overseeing cuts in police numbers, with Jeremy Corbyn yesterday calling for her to resign.