Cor­byn’s pledge on more po­lice dur­ing town visit

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Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn vis­its the Vic­tim Sup­port Hub at Brian Jack­son House, Hud­der­s­field. He is seen with West York­shire Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner Mark Burns-Wil­liamson and Les­ley McLean, of Vic­tim Sup­port fund” an ex­tra 10,000 po­lice of­fi­cers na­tion­ally. He said more ef­fort was needed to pre­vent pris­on­ers re-of­fend­ing.

“We have re-of­fend­ing rates of over 60% in this coun­try and that is far too high and is ac­tu­ally very ex­pen­sive, never mind wrong.”

West York­shire’s Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner Mark Burns-Wil­liamson, who ac­com­pa­nied Mr Cor­byn on his visit to a Vic­tim Sup­port hub at Brian Jack­son House on New North Road, said he was work­ing on a strat­egy for West York­shire to re­duce re-of­fend­ing rates.

He said: “I have got some­body from the Pris­ons Ser­vice on sec­ond­ment to my of­fice to help do that.”

Mr Burns-Wil­liamson said po­lice num­bers had been cut by around 2,000 in West York­shire since 2010.

But Mr Cor­byn said po­lice num­bers weren’t the only is­sue: “A safe so­ci­ety isn’t just about po­lice and po­lice num­bers.

“It’s about youth ser­vices, pris­ons, pro­ba­tion, com­mu­nity cen­tres and a sense of com­mu­nity around peo­ple. That’s why we want to fund the po­lice prop­erly, to put those 10,000 ex­tra of­fi­cers there.

“We are also in favour of a statu­tory youth ser­vice and that is in our na­tional ed­u­ca­tion ser­vice plan.”

Mr Cor­byn also spoke to the me­dia about the air strikes car­ried out by Britain, the US and France and sus­pected chem­i­cal weapons fa­cil­i­ties in Syria.

The Labour leader said: “I had a late night con­ver­sa­tion with the Prime Min­is­ter and my whole point is that Par­lia­ment should be con­sulted, Par­lia­ment should be al­lowed to take a view on this but, in­stead, the strikes were launched.

“Par­lia­ment is in ses­sion on Mon­day. She could have come to Par­lia­ment on Mon­day to dis­cuss the whole sit­u­a­tion. In­stead, they’ve launched these strikes. “She claims there’s a le­gal ba­sis for it. “I’ve asked her in a let­ter I’ve just sent her this morn­ing to pub­lish in full the le­gal ba­sis and jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for it.”

Mr Cor­byn also paid trib­ute to BBC Look North’s po­lit­i­cal ed­i­tor Len Tin­gle who died last week.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing in Hud­der­s­field, Mr Cor­byn left to join Labour ac­tivists on the lo­cal elec­tion cam­paign trail in the Calder Val­ley.

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