The Liberal Democrats have accused the Government of forgetting victims of fraud in Greater Manchester after senior Conservative Ministers overlooked fraud and computer misuse offences when making false claims on falling crime.
Cheadle Liberal Democrats have also called on the local Conservative MP, Mary Robinson, to apologise to the thousands of people in the area who fell victim to fraud last year.
There were 16,566 fraud and computer misuse offences referred to Greater Manchester Police last year - up 17.4% on the year before, analysis by Cheadle Liberal Democrats reveals. This is the equivalent of 45.4 cases each day across Greater Manchester. These victims are part of the four million people across England and Wales who were duped by fraudsters and online scammers last year.
It comes after the UK Statistics Authority last week officially rebuked Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel for misleadingly claiming that crime had fallen, following a letter of complaint by Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Alistair Carmichael. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng then claimed this weekend that fraud isn’t something people experience in their day-to-day lives.
Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Cheadle, Tom Morrison, said:
“Conservative ministers are causing immense hurt to fraud victims in Cheadle by dismissing this cruel crime. Many people around here have lost their life savings to remorseless scammers and suffered huge financial and emotional harm.
"The 16,566 victims of fraud in Greater Manchester last year deserve a proper apology, not only from Mary Robinson but from the Prime Minister himself. This government has to start taking their plight seriously.”