I’m indebted to Craig Murray for drawing my attention to this. Go to to his excellent site at https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2017/05/theresa-may-police-cuts/ or the original document (see below) if you want a fuller account. Here’s a line graph showing how Theresa May has undermined Policing in England and Wales. I’m making no connection with Manchester but others might. The red line shows the beginning of her period as Home Secretary:
Here’s the graph for Scotland in the same period when policing was devolved. What will Ruth Davidson have to say about this if she sees it?
You’ll get the original House of Commons report if you Google: BRIEFING PAPER
Number 00634, 11 October 2016 Police Service Strength
To be more precise, in England & Wales:
‘At 31 March 2016 there were just under 201,000 personnel – this was an 18% reduction compared to 2010 and a 3% reduction compared to 2015.2’
‘Over the last 30 years Scottish police strength has seen an almost continuous increase year on year. At 31 March 2016 police strength was 31% greater than in 1985. Over the last few years there has been an occasional decrease in numbers, for example between 2010/11 and 2013/14 although these were always followed by increases the next year. At 31 March 2016 strength stood at 17,317 police officers which was 1 % lower than the 2013 high of 17,496 officers.’
So, that’s a ratio of one police officer per 170 people (2.95 million divided by 17 317) in Scotland and one police officer per 278 people in England & Wales (56 million divided by 201 000).