Plaid MP tells Police Federation there must be a U-turn on police cuts


Plaid Cymru’s Westminster leader Elfyn Llwyd MP today received a warm response at a Police Federation rally as he argued that there must a u-turn on the proposed cuts to policing if the UK Government is to maintain any credibility.

The Police Federation, which represents 140,000 police officers, held a day of action with more than 2,000 in attendance at an open meeting at Central Hall in Westminster.

Mr Llwyd told the Police Officers that a 20% cut in police budgets would mean a serious impact upon frontline services and pledged support as police officers fight changes to their pensions.

Mr Llwyd, the party spokesperson on policing and criminal justice, said:

“Over the next four years, the police budget faces a cut of 20% which will be frontloaded for the first two years.

“The UK have Government ignored the advice of Sir Denis O’Connor, who said in a report commissioned by his own government, that a police cut above 12% would not be possible without damaging the frontline.

“With those cuts happening around them, police are also suffering the added insult of cuts to pensions, freezing wages and increasing the age at which uniformed officers can retire.

“It is no wonder that police morale is at all all-time low.

“However, this government has u-turned on a number of issues - and they should do so again on police pay and staffing cuts. If they don’t, it won’t just be the police who will suffer - it will be the public too.”