View from the Assembly: We must invest in police not make cuts

PUBLISHED: 08:00 13 January 2018


I am sure that many of you will share my concerns regarding a number of violent incidents that took place across London over the festive period. In Newham over the past few days, two young people were injured in a takeaway in Plaistow after an incident involving a firearm.

I spoke to the mother of one of the victims as she waited in hospital for news of her son and this highlighted to me the devastating impact that these senseless crimes have on the families and communities they hit. I am glad that in this incident neither of the boys have sustained life threatening injuries and I wish them both a speedy recovery.

In addition to this four London families ushered in the New Year with the tragic news that a loved one had been murdered in a knife-related incident.

It would be naive and simplistic to say that more resources would get rid of these violent crimes entirely, nonetheless it is also the case that more funding for both enforcement and preventative work would greatly help in alleviating this problem.

The force has to make £370 million cuts over the next four years and officer numbers could fall significantly below 30,000.

This is why my colleagues and I are standing firmly alongside the Mayor in continuing to lobby the government to re-think their recent funding arrangements for the Met.

There are no two ways about this - if we value public services then they have to be properly resourced.

My motion to the London Assembly in this regard secured all-party support and it’s a campaign I will be pursuing in 2018.

Just before the festive break I spent a few hours with PC Uddin, a dedicated ward officer for West Ham, as part of the Walk the Met initiative. We went around his patch looking at crime hotspots and discussed the work that is being done in partnership with the Council and community to address crime in the borough. The dedication and professionalism of officers like him is inspiring, reassuring and commendable!


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Newham Stories

Myles Judd is set to retain his place in the O’s back four after making his comeback from a groin injury last weekend

David Mooney

Austrian scored for east Londoners in 4-1 reverse at Gunners in Premier League


Leyton Orient manager Justin Edinburgh is keen to finish the season strong and take momentum into next season.

Justin Edinburgh

Runners are set to take to the streets of Plaistow in memory of a former Masterchef contestant who died after collapsing during the London Marathon.


Leyton Orient are already planning ahead for the 2018/19 National League campaign says manager Justin Edinburgh.

Justin Edinburgh

A round-up of the latest Langdon Academy Sport Partnership event

A statue displaying the names of some of east London’s lesser known women’s rights campaigners was unveiled in Parliament Square this morning.


People are choosing to pay their Sky TV bills rather than feed their pets.

United Kingdom

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists


Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Read more

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Read more

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now