Police Union: We have no confidence in Priti Patel police
Police officers of the ranks have overwhelmingly supported the vote of no confidence in the Minister of the Interior, Priti PatelThe first step of its kind in more than a decade.
In a scathing advertisement, the Police Union of England and Wales (PFEW), which represents 130,000 officers, said Patel and the government “cannot be trusted” and warned that “warm words are no longer enough”.
The move follows confirmation on Wednesday that officers who paid £24,000 or more will be subject to a pay freeze in 2021-22.
PFEW President John Apter said: “As the organization that represents more than 130,000 police officers, I can say categorically: We have no confidence in the current Home Secretary. I can’t look my colleagues in the eye and do nothing.”
Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas Symonds said he wrote to Patel saying her position was “untenable” after the no-confidence vote.
Patel tried to position herself as a police hero, declaring her conservative country of the year 2019 Party conference speech That the Conservatives had “taken their rightful place as the party of law and order in Britain once again” and pledged to give police the powers they need to tackle crime.
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, put the police at the center of his election campaign before the last general election, She pledged to recruit 20,000 policemen As well as expanding the powers of stop and search and tightening penalties for assaulting police officers
Johnson and Patel wooed police Union with a supporter appearance in the annual conference of the Authority.
But after the government announced the salaries on Wednesday, the Police Union held an extraordinary meeting of its National Assembly, comprising the chief and secretary of each of the force’s 43 branches, where a vote of no-confidence against Patel was taken.
Understandably, this is the first time that the PFEW has supported a vote of no confidence in the Home Secretary since 2007 by Labour’s Jacqui Smith, on it. resolution Do not postpone the 2.5% increase in wages.
They also voted this week to withdraw their support for the Police Wage Review Board’s process of paying police officers.
Apter added: “We often hear the Minister of Interior praising police officers, but our members are very angry with this government. They have been on the front lines of this pandemic for 18 months and will now see wage increases in other public services while receiving nothing.”
“At the beginning of this pandemic, they experienced a shortage of PPE and were not even prioritized for immunization. Their politicization continues and this declaration of wages is the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
With inflation likely to rise to nearly 4% later this year, the wage freeze was a real pay cut for police officers, the union said. It said in a statement that Patel and the government “cannot be trusted or taken at face value in the way we expect.”
“As the undisputed voice of the police, we say this to the Minister of the Interior: You cannot pat our members for their heroic efforts with one hand, while effectively taking their salaries with the other,” the union said. Warm words are no longer enough.
“The position of Home Secretary is clearly untenable, and the police deserve nothing less than urgent action from the Prime Minister and this government,” said Thomas Symonds.
a home office “The Home Secretary has demonstrated her commitment time and time again to support the brave police officers who keep us safe, giving them the resources and powers they need to fight crime and protect the public,” the spokeswoman said.