“I have also made it clear that there are insufficient armed police units and that their weapons need updating to give them the firepower to combat any ISIS attack.
“In Surrey, as everywhere else in the country, we are experiencing dramatic and extreme changes in the nature of crime. Increased resources are needed not only in public protection, but also in online crime and visible policing. Child Protection cases are up 450% this year, Child Sexual Exploitation has risen by 115% and Honour Based Violence is up by 400%.
“The proposal to cut our ability to fight these evils in our society was never justifiable, and now we can breathe a great sigh of relief at this change of heart from George Osborne.
“However, a great opportunity has been missed. We still have 43 police forces – this is a silly business model. I have always said that I would like to be the first Police and Crime Commissioner to be made redundant. I still feel the same way.”