Harlow MP Robert Halfon hits back at Chief Constable

Politics / Mon 2nd Feb 2015 at 05:29pm

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has hit back at claims by the Chief Constable of Essex Police that imply he refused to attend meetings with Essex Police to discuss the problems of illegal encampments in Harlow.

In an interview with BBC 5 Live, the Chief Constable said “it’s very easy for Mr Halfon to say these things; he didn’t make himself available to come and meet with me over the new year which I offered”.

However, Robert has released a series of emails which show that he was unable to attend a meeting with Jackie Doyle-Price, MP for Thurrock, due to other commitments. Instead he offered “every day between 19 December and 5 January. If any date during this period is available, then I will be happy to meet with them,” as long as it was in Harlow, due to other commitments.

Commenting on this Robert said: “Sadly I am extremely busy in Parliament and therefore was unable to make the first meeting which was arranged with the MP for Thurrock. However I then requested a meeting of my own with the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable. As can be seen from my emails, I offered a range of dates, and only turned down one date they offered as I had to be in Harlow that day, but I then offered another date shortly after.

“I am saddened that the Chief Constable has therefore said that I didn’t make myself available, as I am determined to meet with him regularly until the problem of illegal encampments in Harlow can be solved.”

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1 Comment for Harlow MP Robert Halfon hits back at Chief Constable:

2015-02-03 06:27:06

Unfortunately the chef constable is trying to distract from the real issue. That his force is not prepared to enforce the law equally across all communities.

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