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This is an article first published by Labour Councillor for Beaumont Leys and member of the Leicestershire Police Authority, Sundip Meghani, on his blog.

Members of the Leicestershire Police Authority (LPA) voted on Tuesday 21 February to increase the police precept by 2.5% for the coming financial year. Members rejected the Government’s offer of a one-off grant for a 0% precept freeze and opted instead for a baseline increase to secure a stronger financial position in the longer term.

Thanks to a concerted and united effort by Labour Members – Cllr Sundip Meghani, Cllr Barbara Potter, Cllr Lynn Senior (City Members) and Cllr Max Hunt (County Member) – together with the strong support of City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby, the Labour Party managed to achieve a good result for the people of Leicestershire.

All four Labour Members voted in favour of the 2.5% increase whereas two Tory Councillors and one Liberal Democrat Councillor from Leicestershire County Council voted for a 0% freeze. To their credit the Chair of the LPA and all of the independent Members present also voted for the rise.

The 2.5% precept rise means that the average Band D property will pay an extra £4.24 a year. However by securing a 2.5% precept increase Labour has strengthened the position of the Police Authority in the longer term, saved nearly 200 police jobs and safeguarded neighbourhood and frontline policing.

Labour has also listened to the overwhelming majority of people in Leicester and Leicestershire, 75% of whom favoured a rise in the police precept when consulted by the LPA.

The simple truth is that unlike Conservative and Liberal Democrat County Councillors who tried to cut services and police numbers still further, Labour Councillors have succeeded in protecting hundreds of police jobs, protecting neighbourhood policing and protecting the integrity of a truly local and responsive police force here in Leicestershire.

As this Tory-led Government seeks to cut 30,000 police jobs and risk increases in crime and anti-social behaviour, Labour will continue to listen to the concerns of ordinary people, and continue to fight hard to protect neighbourhood policing and officer numbers right across our country.

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Cllr Sundip Meghani, the newly elected city councillor for Beaumont Leys, recently gave a talk to pupils at his old school Babington College on aspiration and achievement. See a video of his speech below.

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At yesterday’s full council meeting, newly elected councillor for the Beaumont Leys Ward, Sundip Meghani, made his maiden speech attacking the tory led government in making huge cuts in police numbers and also making swingeing cuts in legal aid. Cllr Meghani is a trained lawyer and has been practising in criminal fraud cases as well as having been a volunteer custody visitor for Leicestershire Police for a number of years. Cllr Meghani was recently appointed to the Leicestershire Police Authority.

Read Cllr Meghani’s full speech on his blog.

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