Sajid Javid pledges £1bn to put an extra 20,000 bobbies on the beat
Home Secretary Sajid Javid pledges £1bn to put an extra 20,000 bobbies on the beat after admitting there IS a link between budget cuts and soaring crime rates
- Home Secretary pledged to put up to 20,000 more police officers on the street
- He refused to rule out extending date Britain leaves the EU date to leave the EU
- Said he would scrap Theresa May’s immigration target and set up £100bn support infrastructure
Sajid Javid admitted yesterday that he had changed his mind on the link between police numbers and crime and pledged to put up to 20,000 more bobbies on the beat.
Last year, the Home Secretary and Tory leadership candidate claimed in a TV interview there was no connection between the rise in crime and a fall in police numbers.
But yesterday he said: ‘What I’ve realised is that you do need many more police resources.’
Sajid Javid admitted yesterday that he had changed his mind on the link between police numbers and crime and pledged to put up to 20,000 more bobbies on the beat
In an interview with the BBC, Mr Javid also revealed he would scrap Theresa May’s immigration target, set up a £100billion infrastructure fund to boost areas outside London, and consider scrapping the top rate of income tax.
But he refused several times to rule out extending the date that Britain leaves the EU beyond October 31.
At the weekend Mr Javid said he wanted to put an extra £1billion into policing, which would translate into 20,000 more police officers. He described this as a ‘no brainer’ as it would help counter the surge in crime.
But when challenged on his changing position, he said: ‘Being Home Secretary now for a year, I’ve been able to look a lot more at the evidence, speak to a lot more police officers.
‘We’ve seen a significant rise in the last few years in what I would call the more complex crimes. Things like cybercrime, reporting of historic sexual offences, modern slavery.
‘These are all very, very serious crimes but they are very complex. So what I’ve realised is that you do need many more police resources for this.
‘I knew this for a while, but obviously, you know, if I’m not the prime minister I can’t make these decisions on what should be the overall spending priorities for a government.’
A campaign source said: ‘We recognise that police resources is an issue – we always have.
In an interview with the BBC, Mr Javid also revealed he would scrap Theresa May’s immigration target, set up a £100billion infrastructure fund to boost areas outside London, and consider scrapping the top rate of income tax
‘This has to be part of a wider programme to give youngsters the chance to see a path away from crime. We are looking to transform education.’
Refusing to rule out extending Britain’s departure from the European Union beyond the end of October, the Home Secretary said he did not want to delay Brexit but admitted Parliament could force his hand.
‘We are a parliamentary democracy and what we’ve seen in the last few months is Parliament taking on some extraordinary powers to initiate its own legislation so if it’s statute, if it’s the law, I would not break the law if I was prime minister.’
When pressed to rule out a further delay to Brexit, he said: ‘I cannot envisage a circumstance where I would want to have an extension.’
Mr Javid also announced a new £100billion ‘national infrastructure fund’, which will sit outside London with an independent board. Its aim will be to close the regional divides that have opened up in Britain.
It will look at a new national fibre optic network, and consider ways to improve connections between northern cities, including HS3.
He also said he would consider scrapping the top rate of income tax, saying: ‘I’m a low tax person. I think [cutting taxes] can pay for itself, it leads to more dynamism in business. If a further cut in the additional rate can raise more taxable revenues that should be looked at.’
Mr Javid – the son of a Pakistani bus driver – wants to position himself as someone who can win over traditional Tory supporters and new voters.
‘My background, my own story allows me to connect in a very special way with the vast, vast majority of the electorate,’ he told the Sunday Telegraph.
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