The police need more funding to get firearms off the streets of West Yorkshire, says Bradford South MP Judith Cummins.
A rise in firearms offences in Bradford prompted the Labour MP to raise her concerns about police funding with Government ministers in the House of Commons.
Judith raised her concerns on Monday, ahead of the Budget statement due today, when police budgets are expected to face yet more cuts.
Speaking during Home Office questions, Judith said: “There are real concerns about the availability and use of firearms in my constituency. Incidents involving firearms have risen substantially over the last four years, firearms offences have risen by a third.
“Will ministers ensure that West Yorkshire Police have the resources necessary to get these weapons off our streets?”
Home Office minister Brandon Lewis refused to commit to providing more money for policing in West Yorkshire.
“The Government’s response is very disappointing. Keeping people and communities safe is the police’s first duty but their ability to do this effectively is hampered by the rolling cuts to funding they’ve had to ensure,” added Judith.
“Public safety is not an area where we should be cutting corners.”