STOURBRIDGE MP Margot James is backing Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to plough ahead with police cuts despite recent riots.

The Prime Minister told recalled MPs in the Commons on Thursday (August 11) that the planned 20 per cent cut to police budgets would still go ahead - despite fresh calls for a rethink in a week in which looters and rioters caused havoc in cities across the country.

London Mayor Boris Johnson has spoken out against the planned budget cut but MPs including Stourbridge Conservative Margot James are standing shoulder to shoulder with tough talking Mr Cameron.

Ms James has urged the PM to “resist the knee-jerk calls for a revision to the plans for the police budgets and police numbers”.

She added: “We should remember this is about the deployment and management of resources, and about the more effective use of resources. That is the view of my chief constable in the West Midlands, and it is the view that should prevail.”

West Midlands Police is expected to lose hundreds of officers as it seeks to try and achieve a £125 million saving over the next four years.