Our MP is on record attacking the Herts Chief constable for a decision to cut the police fleet by seven. According to his website he was ‘furious’ at what he said was a 30% cut. Is this the same Mike Penning that is being reported in the Gazette as playing a leading role in the Home Office decision to cut 22,000 police officers. Mike is now arguing that police reforms are working despite thousands of bobbies being taken off the beat.
If anyone has ever tried to contact a constable at Hemel's downgraded police station they’ll know that if you lift the phone at the main door that you get put through to a call centre at Welwyn Garden City. Even if you are there for a pre-arranged appointment.
Our MP says one thing and does another. The Tories refused to say during the election campaign where they would find £30bn cuts. Now we know. The question is what’s next, Mike?