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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Theresa May branded a 'disgrace' and heckled as she tries to justify police cuts to rank-and-file officers

Theresa May was today branded a 'disgrace' by police officers as she attempted to justify changes in their pay and conditions.

The Home Secretary was jeered when she told them regular fitness tests, new entry requirements, and direct entry for experienced individuals into serious ranks should be welcomed by hard-working police officers.

Moments before taking to the stage at the Police Federation's annual conference in Bournemouth a podium hastily arranged for her to be allowed to stand throughout her speech, rather than sitting down.

Standing against a banner that said 'cutting police by 20% is criminal' Mrs May said that giving officers the right to strike was 'off the table' adding: 'Keeping our communities safe is simply too important.' Read More