Diane Abbott flounders over Labour's police funding AGAIN in TV interview

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Diane Abbott suffered yet another numbers blunder as she was questioned over Labour’s plans for police funding.

The Shadow Home Secretary struggled when she was asked about rising crime figures in England and Wales and the Labour Party’s plans for 10,000 extra police officers.

In an interview with ITV News, the Labour politician floundered when she was asked how the party would raise the money to fund the plans.

Ms Abbott said: “What we’ve said is that we would find the money to recruit the 10,000 police people by cutting the, cutting… We would find the money because we would look at capital gains tax.

“The Tories have cut capital gains tax and we want to restore it and that would give us, I think, 170…”

At this point, Ms Abbott paused momentarily and said “sorry” to someone off camera, before continuing: “We would find the money by restoring levels of capital gains tax.”

She appeared to be looking desperately off camera for help from her aides, before claiming the party would make £300m through reversing cuts to Capital Gains Tax.

The embarrassing interview comes after the Shadow Home Secretary stumbled over the same police funding figures in a radio interview during the General Election campaign.

Conservative MP Luke Hall said: “Yet again Diane Abbott’s inability to answer simple questions about Labour’s proposals show that Jeremy Corbyn and his team simply aren’t up to the job.

“Labour’s sums simply don’t add up – they’d borrow money forever, meaning more and more money would be wasted on debt interests, leaving it to our children and grandchildren to foot the bill.

“Just like their promise to students wasn’t worth the paper it was written on, you simply can’t trust anything Labour promise because they can’t pay for it.”

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