The Policing Debate 4th November 2015

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  1. Ian Templeton says:

    Alan although I was disappointed with the result of the debate the result was inevitable.I watched a good part of the debate and can assure you it was generally well attended and the contributions were quite powerful. The Plaid Cymru member Liz Saville-Roberts MP made IMHO an excellent speech. There were many speeches supportive of the Police position but sadly a lot appeared to be undermined by recent statements by Senior Police accepting that they could do more with less. The Tory approach was yet again the Police are shroud waving.and I believe the interventions of the two Hampshire MPs Damian Hinds Kit Malthouse were particularly unhelpful and complacent. Malthouse of course has the added ballast having been Deputy Mayor for Policing in London in other words the first PCC in the Country. This appears to give him much greater insight. Jack Dromey was I feel very powerful in his arguments but of course Mike Penning was able to bat away many of his arguments with the support of recent Inspections by HMIC. (Now that was a surprise) It is worth watching the debate (I did) it is available on the Parliament channel (How sad am I) Labour were never going to win the debate although to me they won the argument. The Tories were up for a fight as Mrs May had got their blood stirred with her Communications Bill which preceded it. I love reading your blog but that photo has appeared in a number of posts today and it truly does not reflect the true position. The old saying about the truth getting it’s boots on come to mind. Keep up your good work I always enjoy your posts

    • Alan says:

      I fully accept what you say about the debate, and I did have reservations about the photo, but having seen coverage on Parliament TV I noted that there were still many empty spaces, although I do accept that attendance was better than portrayed by the first photo. Ultimately, to be defeated by 100 votes and many absentees, does not bode well for the future of Policing, which at the end of the day is what I am interested in. Thank you for your comments Ian, much appreciated.

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