Earlier today Stephen asked Home Office Minister Victoria Atkins MP whether the Government now accepts that its cuts to police officer numbers have gone too far. The exchange came during Home Office oral questions in the Chamber of the House of Commons.
The Minister responded by acknowledging that demands on police officers have intensified in recent years, but she stopped short of denouncing the cuts.
Speaking after the exchange, Stephen said: "This answer was very disappointing. It is clear to everyone involved how damaging the cuts to police numbers have been. This week Cressida Dick, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and Britain's most senior police officer, linked falling policing numbers to the worrying rise in violent crime. It's now time for the Government to admit this too".