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Now is the time to reinstate the police union says Sophie Khan

24 May 2012

"We are all in it together!" in times of austerity, say the Tory-led coalition government but with David Cameron chillaxing at Chequers, in reality, it is the public sector workers who are facing the brunt of the cuts and the radical pace of reforms to the services that they provide.

On Wednesday 16 May 2012, the Home Secretary gave her speech at the Annual Conference of The Police Federation of England and Wales.

It was no surprise that Ms May would receive a hostile audience by the thousand or so Federation representatives from across all forces as the police service, as part of the public sector is also facing cuts. A 20 per cent cut has been proposed to its work force which will see 16,000 police officers lose their jobs by the end of this Parliament. The numbers are hi...

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