Susanna Reid didn’t hold back as she ripped into a government minister on Good Morning Britain over the police cuts over the past decade.
Since 2010, the number of police officers has been cut by about 20,000, it has been reported.
Kit Malthouse, the Minister for Crime and Policing, said on Good Morning Britain: ‘There are lots of other stuff going on in policing… we are also seeing significant growth in staff numbers, new technology to make policing more efficient, coming up with smart solutions like GPS tagging on burglars so police officers can match the location of offenders with the location of crime and rule people in or out – all of these things I think are helping to boost the police mission and get on top of this crime problem.’
Susanna responded: ‘It’s completely disingenuous to call these numbers growth because you have cut 20,000 police officers since 2010, since the Conservative party have been in government – so we are not anywhere near replacing that number of officers.’
Mr Malthouse said: ‘Well it depends on the force and many will be returning and will be above. For example the Met police have been consistently above the police officers that we had in 2014 when crime hit an all time low… so whilst your right that police officers did fall, so did crime.
‘But crime has changed and we’ve had to change, we obviously don’t think there are enough police officers which is why we are recruiting and to try and get those numbers up. It’s a huge operation.’
Susanna wasn’t impressed by Mr Malthouse’s response (Picture: ITV)
In 2019, it was reported that 23,500 police staff jobs have been lost in England and Wales since 2010, according to figures from GMB, the union for police staff.
The same year, the Conservative Party pledged to put 20,000 more police on the streets.
Elsewhere on GMB, Susanna announced that she’s set to take a well-earned break from the show.
Chatting to her co-host Ben Shephard about sabbaticals, the 50-year-old revealed she’ll be taking one of her own, adding: ‘Today’s my last day.’
‘Happy days!’ Ben laughed, before insisting: ‘No, we’ll miss you.’
Here’s hoping Susanna got a better goodbye behind the scenes!
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.