Watch Live: Rishi Sunak faces Prime Minister’s Questions
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Rishi Sunak today lambasted Sadiq Khan after a report into the Met criticised the London Mayor for having a “dysfunctional relationship” with the police. It came as Labour leader Sir Keir attacked the Prime Minister on the Conservatives’ record on policing.
In angry exchanges, Sir Keir paid tribute to PC Keith Palmer who lost his life two years ago after a terrorist attack on Parliament.
But he said the police officer’s memory was ruined by the report which revealed serial problems of racism and misogyny in the Metropolitan Police.
And he attacked Mr Sunak for the Conservatives’ failing to get a grip on crime describing it as “a hands off attitude to policing.”
He added: “Let’s call it what it is – sheer negligence.”
Mr Sunak hit back saying he accepted the report by Baroness Louise Casey but pointed out that she had noted one of the problems with the Met was that Mr Khan as the Labour Mayor of London is in charge but has a “dysfunctional relationship” with the force.
He said: “What Louise Casey also says is that public, primary accountability of the Met sits with the Mayor of London.
“She described that relationship between the Mayor and the Met as, in her words, ‘dysfunctional’.
“So i hope he [Starmer] will also confirm to the Hoouse that he will take up these matters with the Labour Mayor of London so he plays his part.”
The Labour leader hit back saying that “the public are fed up with Tory excuses” and said Mr Sunak “needs to get out of Westminster.”
The Prime Minister, who represents Richmond in Yorkshire, ridiculed Starmer noting: “I think he will find North Yorkshire is further away than North London.”
The Laour leader furiously said that less than two percent of rape cases are prosecuted and less than four percent of burglary cases are prosecuted.
A clearly stung Starmer said: “Instead of blaming others, why doesn’t he tell the country when he is going to get theft and burglarly charge rates back to where it was before they wrecked policing?”
But Mr Sunak lampooned him pointing out that under his leadership Labour had opposed every measure to get tough on crime.
He said: “Since the Conservatives came into power crime is down 50 percent, vioolent crime down 40 percent, theft and burglary are down 56 percent.
“Why? Because we have recruited 20,000 police officers, we have given them the powers to tackle crime and we have kept serious offenders in prison for longer.”
He went on: “All they have done is vote against greater protections for emergency workers, they have opposed tougher sentences for violent criminals and they are failing to give the police the powers they need.
“It’s the same old Labour. Soft on crime, soft on criminals.”
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