Day Four of the Labour Party Conference
Today’s debate on home office issues was given a huge boost by a cracking speech made by the Chairman of the Police Federation, Paul McKeever, who was given a lengthy standing ovation. It was the first time a Labour Conference had heard from the police at Conference, and showed just how far the current Government has alienated the police force.
In his speech, Paul McKeever made the points that police numbers matter because the first responsibility of a Government is the safety of its citizens. He also pointed out the problems of the Government’s policy of forcing the police to wear uniforms on their journey to and from work, which would make them and their families’ targets, and thus demonstrates clearly that the Government does not understand what normal life is like for our officers.