Patel defends the record as Interior Minister as he faces criticism of crime rates

Patel defends the record as Interior Minister as he faces criticism of crime rates

Patel defends the record as Interior Minister as he faces criticism of crime rates

Priti Patel was accused of overseeing a rise in gun and knife crimes while defending her record as Minister of the Interior (PA) (PA Wire)

Priti Patel was accused of overseeing a rise in gun and knife crimes while defending her record as Minister of the Interior (PA) (PA Wire)

Priti Patel was accused of overseeing a rise in gun and knife crimes while defending his record as interior minister.

Ms. Patel’s defense of her time in office came just hours before she announced that she will step down as minister once Liz Truss formally becomes prime minister.

She told municipalities she was “proud” of her time at the Ministry of the Interior, which has seen “some of the biggest reforms in security, migration and public safety.”

But he faced questions about crime rates after several high-profile violent incidents over the summer, including the death of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel in Liverpool and retired Thomas O’Halloran, 87, in London.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said “successive conservative home secretaries” are responsible for a “serious problem” with violent crime.

Nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel was shot dead at her home in Liverpool (Family Pantry / PA) (PA Media)

Nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel was shot dead at her home in Liverpool (Family Pantry / PA) (PA Media)

Ms. Cooper paid tribute to the families of those involved in violent incidents in recent months and said, “Stabbings are now 60% more than in 2015, but the number of violent criminals caught is at an all-time low.

“There is a serious problem in this country with armed crime, with gangs, with knife crime.

“Not my words, but those of the incoming premier. So why did successive Conservative internal secretaries allow it to get so bad? “

Thomas O'Halloran, 87, was stabbed to death on his disabled scooter (Metropolitan Police / PA) (PA Wire)

Thomas O’Halloran, 87, was stabbed to death on his disabled scooter (Metropolitan Police / PA) (PA Wire)

Patel responded by accusing Labor of not supporting the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act, which she said “had all the right deterrents in place to pursue criminals,” while the government supported the police “in every single step of the I walk “.

When the questions from the Interior Ministry began, he said, “Before I answer today’s questions and start the questions, if I may, I would like to briefly comment on the last three years of Boris Johnson’s prime minister during which I served as Minister of the Interior.

“This morning a ministerial declaration written in my name was presented outlining the work of the Ministry of the Interior, this department over the past three years on our manifest commitment and with that, of course, some of the biggest reforms in the area of ​​security, migration and security that the speaker just mentioned (Sir Lindsay Hoyle).

“I am proud to serve in this government and would like to thank the Prime Minister, past and present interior ministers and a wide range of officials.”

In her resignation letter to Mr. Johnson, Ms. Patel stated that she will return to the back seat once Ms. Truss “formally takes office and a new interior secretary is appointed.”

This partnership is very clear in terms of standards, treatment of people relocated to Rwanda, resources employed and also elaboration of how each applicant is treated.

Priti Patel, Minister of the Interior, on the politics of Rwanda

Sarah Jones, the shadow minister of police, also criticized Ms. Patel’s record, saying that “under her watch many more people are victims of crime.”

He added: “Police officers are forced to use food banks and the police have declared no confidence. What does the minister think the interior minister is most proud of: criminals laughing at us as they get away with it, or thousands more in this country ruined by crime?

Crime and Police Minister Tom Pursglove defended his boss, saying that Ms. Patel has “done a great job” and that she can be “proud to see burglaries down 24% nationwide. neighborhood crime down by 33%, crimes against vehicles down by 28%, the fact that we have 72,000 guns on our streets compared to 2019 “.

Patel also told MPs that the French are “friends” as she discussed tackling the Channel crossings, just weeks after incoming Prime Minister Truss said during the Tory leadership run that the “jury is out” on the whether President Emmanuel Macron is a “friend or foe” in the UK.

The Interior Minister also defended the government’s policy in Rwanda, telling municipalities: “This partnership is very clear in terms of standards, treatment of people who are relocated to Rwanda, resources that are made available and also elaboration of how every applicant is treated “.

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