More Police on the streets and tough on crime

I believe the Government should be driven by the desire to create a justice system which cuts crime and protect law-abiding people.

Having campaigned up and down this constituency over the past few years and having spoken to many residents, they have shared their concerns about the growing crime activity in our towns and villages - aggravated burglary, knife crime, fly-tipping and drug use. Crime is a real issue. 

Thames Valley Police do a fantastic job - and they need our continued support. The clear commitment made by the Prime Minister to put more officers back on our streets is an important step forward. 

Boris Johnson made it clear in his first speech on the steps of Downing Street that making our streets safer is a key priority. I am sure that you will agree that the recruitment of 20,000 new police officers shows the Government's determination in this task. I will be campaigning to ensure that we get our fair share of 10,000 extra police officers in our area.

I will also campaign hard to ensure that the most serious criminals, including those who have committed violent and sexual offences, in our society will have to spend at least two-thirds of their sentences behind bars. It is very important that the public must see justice being done, punishment being served and feel protected. 

I am supportive of us building more prisons and that they must continue to punish people who commit serious offences by depriving them of their most fundamental right - their liberty. But they must also be places where offenders get the education and skills they need to find work and turn their back on crime for good.