Portsmouth MP Stephen Morgan met with Labour’s candidate for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police and Crime Commissioner, Becky Williams, to discuss crime issues impacting Portsmouth people.
The City MP and Becky Williams discussed how communities in Portsmouth have become less safe under this Government’s watch, with neighbourhood policing hollowed out, anti-social behaviour on the rise, and perpetrators of violence against women going unpunished.
Mr Morgan shared his efforts to tackle rising shoplifting and anti-social behaviour in the city, and put more bobbies on the beat in Portsmouth.
The next election for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police and Crime Commissioner will take place in May 2024.
The Labour Party has vowed in government to reverse the collapse in the proportion of crimes solved with plans to put 13,000 additional neighbourhood officers and PCSOs back into the heart of communities, The Party also plans to eliminate the £200 threshold for investigating and prosecuting shop theft.
Commenting following the meeting, Portsmouth MP Stephen Morgan said:
“People in Portsmouth are feeling less safe under the Tories with more crimes going unsolved and anti-social behaviour on the rise.
“It was great to meet with Becky Williams to discuss our shared plans to get more bobbies on the beat to tackle crime and make Portsmouth’s streets safer.
“Becky and I agreed on the urgent need to invest in neighbourhood policing so local residents feel protected in their homes, on the streets and in their community.”
Commenting following the meeting, Labour’s candidate for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police and Crime Commissioner, Becky Williams said:
“I was delighted to meet with Stephen to hear about his constituents concerns and his work to make Portsmouth’s streets safer.
“Like Stephen, I am increasingly hearing from people who are rightly concerned about the Tories disgraceful record on law and order.
“As Police and Crime Commissioner, I would make it my mission for all families in Hampshire to feel safe, and for victims to once again have faith that crimes will be solved and criminals punished.”
The Portsmouth South representative is encouraging local people to back this call to get bobbies back on the streets in our city by signing his petition at www.stephenmorgan.org.uk/give-us-our-bobbies-back/