Crime & Policing Minister Chris Philp was sent out to do the media rounds this morning and it didn’t go well.
On Sky News he was quick to heap praise on the Governments Illegal Migration Bill – back in the Commons to debate today.
However, as filmmaker Peter Stefanovic points out he ‘omits to tell viewers IT BREAKS THE LAW.’
It comes as a European human rights commissioner has warned UK parliamentarians, before a debate on the government’s illegal migration bill, to uphold international obligations when scrutinising the proposed legislation.
In a letter the Council of Europe’s commissioner for human rights, Dunja Mijatović, said: “It is essential that parliamentarians prevent legislation that is incompatible with the United Kingdom’s international obligations being passed.”
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Philp was also on BBC News and said: “By the end of this month, we are on track to have met that target and when we’ve done that, we will have more police officers across England and Wales then we’ve ever had anytime, in this country’s history.”
Philp replied said: “Sorry?”
Nugent said again: “Are you sure?
“Because I’m just looking at my notes here – between March 2010 and September 2017 there was a fall in police numbers of 21,085.
“So the 20,000 that you’re talking about would only bring us back up to the level that we used to be at before the cuts.”
He explained: “The previous peak was in 2010, at 145,000 police officers.
“We are on track by the end of March – we’ll have the figures confirmed in a few weeks’ time – but we believe we’re on track to deliver 149,000 more officers.
“That is 4,000 more than the previous peak.”
But, Bowles pointed out: “But it’s not an extra 20,000 police officers over the last decade or so.”
The minister insisted: “It’s an extra 20,000 police officers compared to the 2019 starting point and it’s an extra 4,000 compared to the peak in 2010.”