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5 June 2017, 18:32
The former director of communications for David Cameron has described calls for Theresa May to resign over police cuts as “ridiculous”.
Sir Craig Oliver said the remarks, originally made by Mr Cameron’s former director of strategy, Steve Hilton, were “unhelpful”.
The Prime Minister is under pressure over a 20,000 drop in the number of police officers while she was Home Secretary between 2010 and 2016.
Theresa May responsible for security failures of London Bridge, Manchester, Westminster Bridge. Should be resigning not seeking re-election pic.twitter.com/2o0odey2BQ— steve hilton (@SteveHiltonx) June 5, 2017
Jeremy Corbyn said he backed the calls - but then later rowed back, saying he was "articulating what is deep anger amongst those people that have seen 20,000 police officers lose their jobs”.
Speaking to Iain Dale, Sir Craig said: “It’s an utterly ridiculous thing to say, I think he can find almost nobody to support him on that.
“I don’t think it’s a helpful contribution to the debate, I don’t think it’s a fair thing to say.”