Theresa May has ruffled some mayoral feathers, inciting anger from both city halls in London and Greater Manchester after she told the House of Commons the mayors like Sadiq Khan are to blame for the recent spike in knife crime.
While battling her Labour rivals during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, May was confronted about the climbing rate of knife related crime across the United Kingdom.
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In her responses May took no prisoners, lashing out at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. She also took swipes at London Mayor Sadiq Kahn and Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, both Labour men.
“We’ve put in various pieces of work on anti-knife crime…The leader of the opposition voted against changing the law so that anyone caught carrying a knife for a second time would face a custodial sentence.
“He has called for much shorter sentences for those who break the law and he might want to reflect on the fact when there was a Conservative mayor in London, knife crime went down.
“Now there is a Labour mayor in government, knife crime is going up.”
May then rounded on Corbyn, who told the floor that since “2015 direct government funding to the police has fallen by £413 million.”
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May was having none of it.
“He also talks about the issue of police budgets. This is a government that is protecting police budgets,” she said.
“I might remind the right honorable gentleman that the Labour Party’s former shadow home secretary – now the police and crime commissioner of Greater Manchester – himself said that the police could take up to a 10 percent cut in their budget.”
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