‘Labour’s plans would lead to more killings’

Daily Express - - News - By Michael Knowles

HOME Sec­re­tary Priti Pa­tel in­sisted last night the Con­ser­va­tives are the only party who “will al­ways back the po­lice to do their jobs”.

Labour’s op­po­si­tion to the stop-and-search prac­tice would lead to more mur­ders, shoot­ings and stab­bings, the To­ries warned, be­cause po­lice will not be able to snare as many thugs car­ry­ing weapons.

The To­ries also claimed more of­fi­cers will be as­saulted due to shadow home sec­re­tary Diane Ab­bott’s op­po­si­tion to Tasers. She has said: “There is some­thing in­her­ently wrong with how Tasers are used.”

Yes­ter­day, Ms Pa­tel said: “Cor­byn’s Labour would put the pub­lic at risk by re­fus­ing to give the po­lice the po­lit­i­cal back­ing they need to fight vi­o­lent crime.

“As the party of law and or­der, we will al­ways back the po­lice to do their jobs. The re­cruit­ment of 20,000 ad­di­tional po­lice of­fi­cers is al­ready un­der­way and we are giv­ing them the pow­ers and kit they need to keep them­selves and the pub­lic safe.

“With a Con­ser­va­tive ma­jor­ity we would in­tro­duce even tougher sen­tenc­ing to en­sure there’s ab­so­lutely no safe space for thugs to op­er­ate.”

The To­ries say fig­ures sug­gest fewer stops and searches would lead to one more mur­der a week. They also claim stop and search pre­vented 450 guns be­ing fired last year.

Po­lice search a sus­pected knife car­rier

Pledge… Priti Pa­tel

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