Diane Abbott struggles with the sums on Labour’s policing pledge
Sky News, 2nd May 2017
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott has insisted she “misspoke” after coming unstuck trying to add up the cost of Labour’s big election policing pledge. Mrs Abbott failed to put a correct figure on the cost of providing an extra 10,000 officers on the streets in a stumbling interview, initially coming up with a bill that would have left them earning just £30 a year. The shadow home secretary told LBC radio the policy would cost £300,000 before revising the figure to £80m – which would still only give each officer an annual salary of £8,000 – during a round of interviews on Tuesday morning. It left Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the awkward position of having to put out a correction on the £300m cost of the policy and defend his shadow home secretary.