Mum's the word as Labour MP lays into Tory police funding cuts
Louise Haigh's mother wanted to know who did her hair and make-up.
When MPs discussed police force funding in England and Wales in the Commons yesterday, Labour’s Louise Haigh was one of the loudest voices.
The shadow policing minister declared that her party would be voting against “a completely inappropriate police funding settlement that leaves our communities exposed and the public at risk”.
Haigh, who was elected as MP for Sheffield Heeley in 2015 general election and was the youngest Labour member of that parliament, also railed against the “seven years of prolonged, deep cuts from this Conservative Government that have led to police officer numbers falling and crime rising”.
And she ended by arguing that “there will not be a single chief constable in this country who can tell him that he or she has the resources needed to fully protect the public and provide a professional service in the current climate”.
But while Haigh’s colleagues appreciated her robust opposition to another year of real terms cuts in local police funding, what did her mother make of it?
The Labour politician revealed on Twitter that her mum had been in touch confirming that she had seen footage from the Commons and asking the crucial question: "Who did your hair and make up?"
It then transpired that the shadow minister's mum was not the only person with an interest in her daughter's outward appearance. On Haigh's Twitter feed, various people came forward to praise her new barnet - including fellow Labour MP Anna Turley who confessed that she had also been "transfixed by your lovely hair".