Opinion: We need good policies, not taxpayer waste
PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 February 2018
Havering is changing, we all know that, but as Romford’s MP I am determined to make sure that any changes will improve our community and not prove detrimental.
My job and that of our local councillors is to manage new growth, but at the same time work to improve people’s quality of life and public services.
We must keep hold of the special character of our borough.
Havering is under attack from Mayor Khan and Labour who want to impose radical change on our borough.
Crime is a clear example how things have gone so badly wrong for Havering under his administration.
Under Mayor Boris Johnson, neighbourhood crime went down 20per cent and burglary and murder rates were reduced to record lows. The recent sharp uptick in crime is undeniable. With homicides in London rising by 27.1pc, serious youth violence up 19pc, robbery up 33.4pc and home burglaries up by 18.7pc.
“Low level” offences must be policed proactively to challenge the culture of criminality and anti-social behaviour. This is why supporting the police isn’t just about resourcing. It’s also about making sure they have the powers to get on with the job!
That’s why over the past year the government has brought in a review giving the police the confidence they need to chase the thugs on mopeds, and a commitment to increase penalties to those who attack emergency workers.
New funding proposals from government are a step in the right direction, with an increase of £450million in 2018/19 for the policing in London, but Mayor Khan must give Havering our fair share and not just hand the cash to his inner London boroughs.
There is now more reason than ever to keep Havering Town Hall in safe hands on May 3!