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The Home Secretary was in Harrow today to give a boost to the MPs fighting for their seats there and talk about Labour’s plans for policing.

Alan Johnson joined Harrow East MP Tony McNulty and his Harrow West counterpart Gareth Thomas, both of whom are fighting to save their seats in May, as they campaigned in the area.
 
The Home Secretary used the opportunity to raise concerns about Conservative policing policy and promise Labour would protect funding for Safer Neighbourhood teams.
 
“The Conservatives have not promised to keep up spending on police,” he said.
 
Calling neighbourhood policing a resource people ‘can reach out and touch’, he added:
 
“Our prediction is that we’ll see some of those teams pushed up to borough level which means diluting the neighbourhood policing we’ve become used to.
 
“Ensuring that every ward in London has a basic minimum level is really important.”
 
McNulty has previously also been vocal about policing, calling Mayor Boris Johnson a ‘clown’ in January after he stepped down from running the Metropolitan Policing Authority.

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Tony McNulty has told the website Labour Matters that Boris Johnson has broken a promise by appointing Kit Malthouse as his replacement chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority. Malthouse, the deputy Mayor of London, was set to be confirmed to the post today.

 Harrow East MP McNulty launched another criticism of Johnson, saying under his leadership:

“…police numbers are being cut and the signs are that safer neighbourhood teams as we currently know them will be eroded.”

Read the full report here.

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