Blast From The Past: Theresa May visits Leek Police Station

Taken from the January 19 2005 issue of Your Leek Paper

TORY MP Theresa May visited Leek Police Station last week, amid controversy about Conservative local General Election candidate Marcus Hayes’ views on the Staffordshire Constabularly.

Ms May, shadow secretary of state for the family, said: “I understand how concerned people are and worried about levels of crime but my personal view is to get more police on the street.

We want to free up police officers we have got by reducing the bureaucracy they have got to cope with. We are committed to do that from day one of being in government.

We are looking at introducing 40,000 extra police. That would take eight years at an extra 5,000 extra each year. It takes time and will take a number of years. We have calculated that will cost £1bn, money which we will save from asylum.”

Mr Hayes said: “As a party locally we have always said it’s not the quality of policing, but the quantity. Everybody I’ve spoken to is very concerned about crime and the perception of crime and it (extra police officers) will make a fundamental difference.”

Pictured (left to right): Marcus Hayes, Theresa May and Inspector Amanda Davies outside Leek Police Station.