Three members of the Hampshire Police Authority came to Westminster to lobby the County's MP's about the Government's plans to make Hampshire merge with a neighbouring police authority - probably Thames Valley.
"Cllr Jacqui Rayment, Vice Chair of the Police Authority, together with Venika Kingsland and Cllr Diana Tuson from the Isle of Wight, met several of the county's MP's to talk us through the downside of an unwwanted merger with a neighbouring authority. They explained it would cost over £27m, which would either come from the Council Tax payer or out of service provision, and that merger with Thames Valley was one of the worst of all possible options."
"Hampshire is large enough to stand alone, and a merger risks lowering standards of policing in the County as our police force is one of the best performing, whereas, sadly, Thames Valley is near the bottom of the leage table."
"Listening to the Prime Minister in the Commons today, I got the impression he was less keen on this reform than the Home Secretary; so I hope the Government will now have second thoughts."