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Support for the campaign from MP’s and key decision makers

These are the Devon and Cornwall MP's who have so far backed the campaign

Sheryll Murray MP, Conservative, South East Cornwall

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Conservative, Totnes

Ben Bradshaw MP, Labour, Exeter

Gary Streeter MP, Conservative, South West Devon

Kevin Foster MP, Conservative, Torbay

Sarah Newton MP, Conservative, Truro and Falmouth

Peter Heaton Jones MP, Conservative, North Devon

Anne Marie Morris MP, Conservative, Newton Abbot

We have also received support from

Rt Hon. Lord Tyler CBE, House of Lords

Comments

"It was good to meet earlier this week with fellow Devon & Cornwall MPs, PCC Tony Hogg and Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer. I do not want to see the number of police officers in our communities reduce. Our local police have coped well with reduced funding thanks to their professionalism and dedication. I understand that as D&C is an efficiently run police force it will be difficult to make further savings without reducing police officers."

"As I don't want to see this happen, I have met with ministers to push for a review of the way the national funding for police is allocated to make sure we get our fair share. This is going ahead this summer and will be implemented in 2016. At the moment the allocation formula does not fully recognise the current levels of student households or numbers of tourists visiting our area."

"So that police numbers can be maintained before the new formula comes in, I support the PCC and his plans to increase the local police precept. I believe this money raised in Cornwall must be spent in Cornwall on neighbourhood policing. I also think Cornwall Councillors should actively consider using more extensively, the new powers they have on licensing."

Sarah Newton MP, Conservative, Truro and Falmouth

"I absolutely support the principle of fairer funding for Devon & Cornwall Police.  But let's be clear, this is something on which MPs throughout the region have been working for some time.  Indeed, a review of the funding formula has already been carried out, and we should await the outcome of that.

It's also important that within the Force area, North Devon gets its fair share.  As with so many other funding arrangements, we should not be short-changed just because we're north of Exeter, and I will continue pushing that point.
I met the PCC and the Chief Constable today, and raised this issues.  I also made clear that I would not support any increase in the proportion of council tax charged by the police, which I know is being considered by the PCC.  Devon & Cornwall Police do a fantastic job and have my full support, but all organisations which receive taxpayers' money have to live within their means".
 
Peter Heaton-Jones MP, Conservative, North Devon
 

"Devon & Cornwall Police suffered the biggest cut in funding of any police service in the last Parliament. Ministers never provided any justification for this. Given the Conservatives determination to slash police budgets even further because of their failure to reduce the deficit, I am not optimistic that the Government will listen. But with crime now rising again after 2 decades of decline and given how badly we were treated in the last Parliament, the Westcountry has a strong case and should be making it." 

Ben Bradshaw MP, Labour, Exeter

 

“I will certainly be signing the petition and I am delighted to support the campaign. This is just one more example of how public authorities in rural areas lose out on funding to urban areas.
“We are unfairly funded across the board in Devon and that means we often can’t provide residents in sparsely-populated rural areas with the services they deserve and we would like to deliver.”

John Hart, Leader, Devon County Council

 
 

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