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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Theresa May Heckled By Police Over Cuts

Theresa May has been heckled by rank-and-file police officers as she told them that changes to their pay and conditions were reforms which they should welcome.

The Home Secretary has been addressing the annual conference of the Police Federation in Bournemouth - just days after they took to London's streets to protest against pay cuts and job losses.

Officers jeered as Mr May told them regular fitness tests, new entry requirements to ensure the most talented recruits were hired, and direct entry for experienced individuals into senior ranks should all be welcome changes.

She was later heckled as she said: "It is because the police are crime-fighters that we will never privatise policing."

One officer shouted: "You already are."

Mrs May insisted she was having to "make difficult decisions on pay" because of "tough" economic times. Read More