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Police campaign will target Tories
1:30pm Thursday 27th September 2012 in News
West Mercia Police Federation is launching a “hard-hitting” advertising campaign alongside Warwickshire and West Midlands Police Federations in the run-up to the Conservative Party Conference.
The three police federation branches, which represent thousands of rank-and-file officers across the region, are launching the campaign with billboard sites throughout Birmingham in the run-up to conference, which is being held in the city from Sunday, October 7.
The campaign is being launched from outside the constituency office of Andrew Mitchell, the Government chief whip who came under fire last week after allegedly swearing at Downing Street police officers and calling them ‘plebs’.
Ken Mackaill, chairman of West Mercia Police Federation, said: “We feel the Prime Minister has failed to get to the bottom of this matter.
“It cannot be right that Mr Mitchell can deny making the comments attributed to him, contrary to the police officer’s notes, and yet not come out and say what he did say.
“If he did call police officers’ ‘plebs’, and we have no reason to doubt the integrity of the officers involved, it’s just another sign of the disrespect the Conservatives, the once heralded party of law and order, show to the police service.”
The campaign will also highlight the Government’s cuts to policing, with Mr Mackaill adding that ministers are going “too far and too fast” with the police cuts and the police’s ability to provide effective front-line services.