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STRAW 'MISLED' COMMONS ON FALL IN POLICE NUMBERS

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Home secretary Jack Straw was accused at the weekend of misleading the house of commons by concealing a huge drop i...
Home secretary Jack Straw was accused at the weekend of misleading the house of commons by concealing a huge drop in police numbers, reported The Sunday Telegraph (p14).

When he was asked in parliament on 22 May to forecast 'future trends in police numbers', Mr Straw said, accurately, that police strength would increase to 127,000 by March 2002, but failed to disclose that numbers would then drop by 1,100 by 2003.

Home office projections obtained by the newspaper show that the number of officers will decline from a peak of 127,000 in 2002 to 125,900 in 2003.

Shadow home secretary Anne Widdicombe said: 'The government must now come clean and admit that there will be fewer police in 2003 than when they came to office, despite their claims.'
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