KEIGHLEY MP Robbie Moore raised the issue of drugs in the town during Prime Minister’s Questions.

Posing his first question during the weekly sitting, he asked for an update on the Conservative Party’s manifesto pledge to provide an additional 20,000 police officers across the country – and for an assurance that West Yorkshire would get the extra resources needed to tackle drugs crime.

Mr Moore said: “The people of Keighley and I are sick of gangs openly selling drugs on the town’s streets, but also grooming young innocent children to do their dirty work.

“Can the Prime Minister update me as to what progress is being made to deliver on our manifesto commitment to ensure West Yorkshire Police have the resources and personnel they need to tackle these drug dealers who are infecting Keighley's soul?”

In reply, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the Government was committed to stopping the ‘evil’ of drug dealing – including its impact on young people. And he reasserted the pledge to recruit an additional 20,000 officers. A national recruitment campaign began last September, as part of a commitment to increase police numbers over three years.