LABOUR CONFERENCE: Shadow home secretary to reverse police cuts

(left to right) Andy Burnham, Ed Balls, Harriet Harman, Yvette Cooper, Douglas Alexander, Angela Eag

(left to right) Andy Burnham, Ed Balls, Harriet Harman, Yvette Cooper, Douglas Alexander, Angela Eagle and Jim Murphy watch Labour leader Ed Miliband deliver his keynote speech to the Labour Party conference in Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 23, 2014. See PA story LABOUR Main. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Yvette Cooper will today unveil plans to reduce cuts at the Home Office, restoring 1,000 police officers and halting the closure of domestic violence refuges.

The shadow home secretary will say Labour will reverse cuts to the police planned for next year if they win power in May.

Ms Cooper will say: 'In every part of the country refuges and services for women and children suffering from domestic violence are being closed due to the callous attitude of this government.

'Theresa May's failure to act means victims are being left with no support and being abandoned,' she will say.

'Refuges provide vital support for women and children. Local specialist services that have a track record of successfully helping women and children need our support and that's what we will do, ' she will add.

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Funding will be found through scrapping Police and Crime Commissioner elections, charging the full cost of a gun licence – a move reportedly opposed by prime minister David Cameron, and making police driving awareness tests mandatory.

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