Jeremy Corbyn slams Boris for 20,000 more bobbies pledge despite it being DOUBLE what Labour offered in manifesto

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JEREMY Corbyn was accused of a U-turn on violent crime today after claiming it can’t be solved by hiring more cops.

The Labour leader scoffed at new PM Boris Johnson’s plan to put an extra 20,000 officers on the streets.

Jeremy Corbyn can’t make his mind up on how to sort out crime
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But Tories pointed out he spent the past two years blaming lack of police numbers for soaring crime levels.

And he promised to put 10,000 more bobbies on the beat in his party’s 2017 Election manifesto.

ALL OVER THE SHOT

Only last November Mr Corbyn raged: “The Tories have cut 21,000 police officers since 2010. You can’t keep the public safe on the cheap.”

In April, he blasted Theresa May, saying: “The Prime Minister continues to claim there is no connection between her police cuts and soaring levels of violent crime.

“She should listen to the people whose lives are being turned upside down by crime and to police chiefs around the country.”

New policing minister Kit Malthouse said Corbyn ‘can’t see the wood for the trees’
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And in March 2018 he said: “The police clearly do not have the resources to deal with it. Safer neighbourhoods teams have been cut. Community police officers have been cut. Many areas see no police officers at all.”

FLIP FLOP JEZ

But he changed his tune after Mr Johnson said he would DOUBLE the Labour chief’s recruitment pledge.

Mr Corbyn said: “Look at the sources, the causes and the consequences of crime, which are, in part, due to the lack of youth facilities, in part to do with poor housing conditions, in part to do with poor employment opportunities. It’s not just police that solve crime.”

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IN just over three days PM Boris Johnson has left Jeremy Corbyn looking flatter than a steam-rollered pancake.

After trouncing the Labour leader in the Commons, BoJo spent yesterday driving his tanks across Corbyn’s lawn in the traditional Labour heartlands of the north.

His pledge to turbo-charge the UK’s regions and back a high-speed rail link between Manchester and Leeds will appeal to disillusioned Labour voters, as well as One Nation Tories.

The new PM’s promise to put 20,000 more bobbies on the beat to combat rising crime has also caught Mr Corbyn napping.

Jezza has spent years blaming Theresa May’s police cuts for violence on the streets but in yet another screeching U-turn he has now changed his tune completely.

Scoffing at the new recruitment drive, he hissed: “It’s not just police that solve crime.” After such a disastrous week, it is no surprise that many Labour figures believe their leader’s days are numbered.

The prospect of more misery and in-fighting at their party conference this autumn has sent Labour MPs into deep despair.

Boris Johnson’s new-look Government may face enormous challenges.

But compared to the chronically sick Labour Party the Tories are in rude health.


Tonight senior Tories hit back, saying Mr Corbyn needs to make his mind up. Policing Minister Kit Malthouse said: “Jeremy Corbyn is so consumed by politics he can’t see the wood for the trees.

“After many years of hard graft we can now afford it, so Boris has ordered 20,000 more cops to keep us safe.

“This will be the biggest expansion of the police for generations. What right thinking person wouldn’t rejoice at that fact?”

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