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On police funding, Theresa May has fallen into a trap of her own making

For all her talk of "safeguarding", funding has gone down in real terms since 2010—the year May was made Home Secretary

By Jay Elwes  

Police stand guard outside London Bridge. Photo: PA

On Monday, Theresa May hit a bump in the road. In a speech delivered in Whitehall, at the Royal United Services Institute, the Prime Minister covered the economy, Brexit and Jeremy Corbyn’s many shortcomings, before—eventually—coming to the issue of security. 

“Safeguarding the security of our country takes leadership,” said May to a crowd of applauding party officials. “That is why since 2010, in the face of a growing threat, we have protected the budget for counter-terrorism policing—and increased the…

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