Most of you will be aware of articles running in today’s Telegraph, Express and Daily Mail newspapers regarding the cost of the Federation and ‘other unions’ to the tax payer. You will also be aware that the story was born out of a nationwide FOI request by Conservative MP Dominic Raab. Please see press statement below which has been sent to all national and trade media.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, today made a statement to the press on community payback, following the violent disruption around the country last week. Full transcript of the Deputy Prime Minister’s remarks:
The PFEW news includes a round-up of where we are at with PNB, pensions, Winsor, expected timelines of the PAT, Winsor part 2 and campaign activities.
Police leaders accused the Home Secretary of effectively "rewarding" officers’ tireless efforts to quell rioting across the country by slashing numbers and pushing through reforms which leave morale at rock bottom. Theresa May addressed delegates at a speech in Westminster in London today - including police chiefs - as she praised officers, many who worked round the clock during the riots, but she pressed the need for ‘reform’ and denied that cuts in numbers would impact on the service to the public.
Please see the statement issued to trade and national media reacting to the PM, David Cameron’s comments about policing this morning.
West Midlands Police Federation has been inundated with requests from police officers wishing to pass on their sincere thanks to the public of the West Midlands for their support and good wishes following the demands of last week. Every phone call to local radio stations, emails and letters that have been published in local newspapers, every handshake and every cup of tea that the public have made for officers is very much appreciated.
The full transcript of the Public Disorder debate in Parliament on 11th August 2011
Paul McKeever, Chairman of the Police Federation of England & Wales today requested to see Home Secretary Theresa May to discuss the riots, and the request has been refused.
The revolt of England's feral youth could hardly have come at a worse time for police. Overstretched forces are "scraping the barrel" in the desperate battle to bring the rioting crisis under control, rank and file officers say. As well as claims of rock-bottom morale over the biggest force budget cuts in modern times, a series of legal battles over public order tactics has heightened pressure on frontline decision making.
The Police Federation has called for the complete support of the government community leaders and the public to help police to put a stop to the riots spreading across London.