Police Officers

MQT on 2000-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2000
Question By: 
Richard Barnes
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Londoners welcome the initiative to improve police numbers in the capital and have noted the Mayor's promise of 1,050 additional officers in financial year 2001/2002. It is noted that the Home Secretary, through the Crime Reduction Fund, is providing up to £38 million to recruit and train 800 of these additional officers.

Why does the Mayor wish to increase taxation on Londoners by £60 million to recruit 250 officers? .


Answer for Police Officers

Answer for Police Officers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I think I was defamed a few times. I have worked closely with the community groups and community activists involved in opposing the Arsenal proposal over a number of months. The idea that I just picked up on this last week and shoved down a question for the Mayor without thinking about it is utterly ridiculous. There are some real concerns here about the impact on traffic, about inadequate public transport proposals when there is a new development of this size, about the loss of jobs when local businesses close. It is a serious issue and requires serious consideration. The idea that I come along without any thought in an attempt to stir up trouble over this is utterly ridiculous. I have been campaigning on it for many months.