Police minister Brandon Lewis was heckled while making the Tories’ pre-election pitch at the Police Federation conference earlier today.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies revealed yesterday that there are 20,000 fewer police officers in England and Wales as a result of a 20% cut in funding under the Tories.
And when Lewis claimed today that the Tories are making Britain safer while slashing police numbers, officers let him know what they thought:
— Leicester Police Fed (@LeicesterPolFed) May 16, 2017
Here’s a few more views on Lewis’ speech from serving police officers:
— Jim Mallen (@BedsPolFed) May 16, 2017
— Emma Carter (@olivere16) May 16, 2017
— David Hamilton (@VChairSPF) May 16, 2017
Meanwhile over at the Royal College of Nursing conference, delegates cheered news that the union is to send a letter of protest to Theresa May over her refusal to even respond to their invitation to speak at the conference.
The letter, which was read out by RCN general secretary Janet Davies, accused the Tory Prime Minister of “disrespecting” nurses. It says:
“Our members are disappointed and saddened, and feel disrespected by the Prime Minister. Nurses were keen to hear from the Prime Minister personally about her plans to alleviate the difficult, and sometimes impossible situation, in which they are working.
“Whilst we are pleased the Prime Minister states that she recognises the value of nursing, this does not reassure us, and feels like empty platitudes when we see no real action being taken to improve the lives of both patients and nurses.”
— RCN NWales Branch (@RcnNWalesBranch) May 16, 2017
Contrast all this with the standing ovation that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn received from the same nurses yesterday:
— Dave Ward (@DaveWardGS) May 15, 2017
All in a day’s work for team Theresa…