Coventry MP asks Boris Johnson will we “get our fair share” of new police officers

Coventry North West MP Taiwo Owatemi posed the question to Boris Johnson in the House of Commons.

Coventry North West MP Taiwo Owatemi posed the question to Prime Minister Boris Johnson during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

The MP, who was elected for the first time in the December 2019 election, said to the Prime Minister: “Last month, a young man from my constituency was fatally stabbed, and just this weekend another young man was stabbed in Coventry.

“Violence crime in the city is rising, yet I only have ten police officers in my constituency, some of which I share with my Coventry colleagues.

“Seeing as the Prime Minister made such a big deal about his 20,000 new police officers, can he tell my constituents whether we are going to get our fair share?”

Watch and listen to what the MP had to say below:

The question comes in response to reports of increased knife crime in Coventry over the past year – just this past weekend a 16-year-old boy died in hospital after being stabbed in the city.

In response, the Prime Minister agreed with Owatemi that more needs to be done to tackle knife crime across the country. Referring back to his campaign pledge of 20,000 new police officers, he said: “In the West Midlands, [police] numbers are going up by 366 immediately.”

This will boost police officer numbers by six per cent as part of the first stage of a three-year programme that expects to see West Midlands Police get 1,220 new officers.

It’s unclear exactly how many police officers will be designated specifically to Coventry, as the number of new officers will be split across the West Midlands region.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has welcomed the extra resources but said that he was concerned that resources will be divided using “blunt and outdated formula that disadvantages area like the West Midlands”.

He added: “It would have been more sensible to allocate officers based on the crime threat and need of forces.

“Nevertheless, we will put these officers to good use helping to keep the West Midlands safe.”