Central Government Funding (Supplementary) [29]

Session date: 
June 18, 2003
Question By: 
Elizabeth Howlett
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I understand you have been lobbying Government for money for extra police officers. I think you are on record as saying you want about 34?35,000 within the next three to five years. Can you tell me who it is you are actually lobbying: the Home Secretary or the man who really runs the country, the prudent Gordon Brown? And if they will not come up with the money how far are you going to raise the Council Tax to fund these extra officers?

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Answer for Central Government Funding (Supplementary) [29]

Answer for Central Government Funding (Supplementary) [29]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have lobbied everybody from the Prime Minister down to the most junior back?bench MP every time I meet them. I cannot understand the Conservatives' obsession with assuming we will lose " well I can, it would make for a good headline in the East London Advertiser or something: `Horror Coming!"

We will not get all we want from Government. We will get some of it, and we will have to be creative about how we make that go as far as we can.