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Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats

Lib Dem Home Affairs Spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael accuses Priti Patel of trying to micro manage police

May 17, 2022 9:20 AM
By Vikram Dodd in The Guardian

The Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael, accused the home secretary of trying to micromanage policing around England and Wales from her office in Whitehall.

"Priti Patel might think she knows better than the police when it comes to fighting crime, but her abysmal record at the Home Office says different. The fact that so many criminals are getting away with it shows the Conservatives don't have a clue about the problems our communities face.

"This is yet another example of Conservative ministers trying hard to seem tough on crime, but failing even to get the basics right."

The MP added that the home secretary should focus on giving local police chiefs "the officers, detectives and resources they need to prevent and solve crimes", rather than trying to micromanage them from her office in Whitehall.