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Labour Party in a catfight over police front desk cuts

Labour Party in a catfight over police front desk cuts

West Midlands MEPs Bill Etheridge and James Carver say the crisis-hit Labour Party should be ashamed over the proposed cuts to front desks at police stations across the region. 
The UKIP MEPs, believe the Labour Party should apologise for the forthcoming cuts and front desk closures and have accused the party of being in complete turmoil over the “deeply worrying” issue. 
Bill Etheridge, who stood as UKIP’s candidate in the 2012 West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner election, and fellow West Midlands MEP James Carver, fear the cuts announced this week by Labour’s Police & Crime Commissioner, will severely impact on services provided to the public. 
They also said the Labour Party was now in an embarrassing “catfight” over the cuts as Labour party politicians including MPs Ian Austin in Dudley North and Emma Reynolds in Wolverhampton North East, said they would be writing to the Crime Commissioner to call on him to reverse his plans. 
Commenting today, both Bill Etheridge and James Carver said Labour MPs across the region were behaving with “faux fury” as it is Labour that is implementing the cuts. 
Bill Etheridge, who lives in Sedgley, said: “Locally I will see the closure the front desk at Dudley police station and a reduction in opening hours to the public at Sedgley police station which is a stone’s throw from my house. 
“Labour is in complete turmoil and I believe people like Ian Austin are issuing statements of faux fury to capture cheap headlines. 
“Let’s not forget who is behind this retrograde restructuring – it is Labour. The red party can scrap over this all they like and produce as many petitions they like but at the end of the day they are forgetting the people.” 
James Carver MEP, who is UKIP’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate in Stourbridge, said: “I am appalled by these cuts and the Labour Party should be ashamed. 
“The thin blue line just got thinner and while the Labour party row amongst itself – and while many of its MPs attempting to make political capital out of this whole sorry affair, our communities, will be gravely hit by these foolhardy cuts. 
“Bill and I will continue to put the people first by fighting this worrying reduction to our services.” 

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