Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox has welcomed news that the Chancellor has been forced to abandon a new round of cuts he planned to inflict on police budgets.
Escalating pressure from Labour MPs forced the u-turn, which in West Yorkshire would have compounded the 22 per cent reduction in police officers since 2010.
Mrs Cox said: “The pressure that we have built on the Chancellor has paid off. His plans would have meant putting public safety at risk, it was vital we stopped him and we have.”
Labour secured a debate in parliament earlier this month specifically to put pressure on the Chancellor to drop his plans to hit police forces with even more cuts.
Mrs Cox, who spoke in that debate, added: “The Chancellor’s planned cuts were deeply troubling not only for MPs but for the police, local people and business owners. On top of this he has completely failed to deliver the sort of investment that we need in our police services.
“In recent days we have seen locally just how important neighbourhood policing is to local people.”