“I proudly served as a police officer in Manchester and will fight these cuts to our force” – Afzal Khan, Labour’s candidate in the Gorton by-election, comments on the loss of nearly 2000 Manchester police officers
The Conservatives pledged to protect spending on the police over this Parliament but have broken their promise.
Government cuts have led to Greater Manchester police losing nearly 2000 police officers; 23% of their capacity. The force has also lost over 680 Police and Community Support Officers.
Afzal Khan, Labour candidate in the Manchester, Gorton by-election, said:
“As an ex-police officer, I understand that people want to, and deserve to, feel safe. Despite the Tories’ promise to protect the police, Manchester has lost nearly a quarter of its force. This is simply not good enough for our city. The Tories are letting Manchester down.
“I’ve seen the important work our frontline officers do for our communities. Our police are not just about finding criminals; prevention work is vital for community cohesion, residents’ trust, and the safety of neighbourhoods. As the Labour MP for Gorton, I will campaign for extra police resources. We deserve a fair deal.
“I proudly served as a police officer in Manchester and will use my experience to fight these cuts to our force.”