The Medway Conservative Group refused to support a Medway Labour Group motion that called on the Council to write to the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner in an effort to secure 80 new Police Officers for Medway. Our motion was submitted in the context of recent worrying crime statistics, and our more about our reasons for proposing the motion can be read here.

Cllr Tristan Osborne, Medway Labour and Co-operative Group Spokesperson for Community Safety said:

“I’m astounded that the Conservative Group refused to support our motion which called on the Council to collectively request 80 additional police officers from the Kent PCC. After more than  decade of Tory rule, Medway is one of the worst-performing local authorities according to victim-based crime surveys. This is simply not good enough and Medway deserves better.

“Combating crime is one of the top priorities residents expect from us as Councillors, and the local Tory administration has once again shown themselves to be out of touch with the people of Medway.”

 Cllr Zoe Van Dyke, member for Stood North, added: 

“Issues like dealing with crime and concerns about women’s safety at night have been frequently mentioned to me by constituents since I became a Councillor last year. Therefore I was pleased to second our motion that called for an effort to try and secure more police officers for Medway, and was bitterly disappointed that the Tories refused to support it.

“What we see clearly from the local Conservative government is a failure to prioritise the issues that matter most because they’ve become so disunited and preoccupied with internal squabbling. The 2023 local elections will be the opportunity for Medway to choose change and vote for a unified Labour Group that will listen to their concerns and deliver positive results for our community.”

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