Complete with a PC Pleb t-shirt, ‘Boris Johnson’ attracted the world’s Press when he backed a campaign against 20 per cent cuts to police budgets outside the Tory Party Conference in Birmingham this morning. While the real London Mayor was preparing for his keynote speech to the Tory faithful, a look-alike Boris cycled past a huge billboard advert near the conference venue stating “Say hello to Dave, wave goodbye to your police service”.
Police Federation leaders are furious the Prime Minister has tried to claim that the Andrew Mitchell ‘Plebgate’ affair is over. And, with the chief whip staying away from this week’s Tory Party Conference in Birmingham for fear of being ‘a distraction’, it would appear that Mr Mitchell himself knows the row has not been successfully swept under the carpet.
The three Police Federation branches, representing thousands of rank and file officers across the region, are running a hard-hitting advertising campaign with billboard sites throughout Birmingham during the Conservative Party Conference which started yesterday. During the campaign, launched almost two weeks ago outside the constituency office of Andrew Mitchell MP, the Government chief whip embroiled in the Plebgate row, thousands of campaign leaflets will be handed out. The Federations have a meeting with Mr Mitchell this Friday but have been further angered by the Prime Minister’s assertion that the matter is closed. They are also disappointed that Mr Cameron has not responded after they invited him to meet them over a curry to discuss the Government’s 20 per cent cuts to policing.
The cartoon seemed to capture the mood of this week when it was published in The Guardian on Wednesday (3 October).
It is estimated that over 100 West Midlands Police Officers and Staff attended the services for Nicola and Fiona in Manchester over the previous two days. The majority attending on their rest days. West Midlands Police Federation arranged for free travel to Manchester via the rail company CrossCountry, who have to be thanked for their support and also laying on mini buses, which the Force itself assisted with.
Police leaders in the West Midlands gave their PC Pleb t-shirts another airing this morning when they unveiled a hard-hitting advertisement in the centre of Birmingham ahead of the Prime Minister’s arrival in the city for the Tory Party Conference which starts on Sunday. The chairs of Warwickshire, West Mercia and West Midlands Police Federations – Simon Payne, Ken Mackaill and Ian Edwards - have invited Mr Cameron to have a curry with them while he’s in the West Midlands.
Police leaders in the West Midlands are launching the second stage of their hard-hitting campaign against cuts tomorrow but say they want jaw-jaw, not war-war. Echoing the words of Sir Winston Churchill, Warwickshire, West Mercia and West Midlands Police Federations say they want to talk to Prime Minister David Cameron not fight him.
CHIEF whip Andrew Mitchell has agreed to meet representatives of Warwickshire, West Mercia, West Midlands Police Federations to discuss the PC Pleb row. The Federations wrote to the Sutton Coldfield MP yesterday to ask him for a meeting so that he could have a chance to clear the air.
POLICE leaders have invited chief whip Andrew Mitchell to a meeting to discuss the PC Pleb row. Warwickshire, West Mercia, West Midlands Police Federations have written to the Sutton Coldfield MP to ask him for a meeting to give him a chance to clear the air.
RENOWNED for their gallows humour cops from the West Midlands will descend on Downing Street this morning dressed in PC Pleb t-shirts to deliver a serious message about their concerns over the Government’s 20 per cent cuts to policing.