Friday 23 July 2021 / 11:05 AM Home Affairs / Nick Thomas-Symonds / Policing

Senior policing figures criticise pay settlement as Labour calls on Home Secretary to ‘listen and change course’

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, has called on Priti Patel to “listen and change course” over the decision to award police officers a zero percent pay offer.

The call on the Home Secretary comes as senior policing figures from across the country have publicly raised concerns about this year’s pay settlement. They include the Chief Constable of Essex – Priti Patel’s own force area, Martin Hewitt, Chair of the National Police Chiefs Council, the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and Isle of Wight – Kit Malthouse, the Policing Minister’s own area, and the current Interim Chief Executive Officer of the College of Policing.

This comes after the rare announcement that the Police Federation have lost confidence in the Home Secretary.

Nick Thomas-Symonds MPLabour’s Shadow Home Secretary, said:

“The pressure is now overwhelming for the Home Secretary to listen and change course on the disastrous and insulting decision to award our police with a zero percent pay award.

“If the Home Secretary would show even a fraction of the bravery we see from so many police officers, she would stand up for them around the Cabinet table and secure a fair pay deal. Yet instead we see a Conservative Government that has let down our police and lost their confidence.”