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A report by a committee of MPs today gave a damning verdict on the body that represents rank and file police officers in England and Wales.
The report described the organisation as "less of a Police Federation, more of a soap opera," and said it is in urgent need of reform.
This report is by ITV News Political Correspondent Romilly Weeks:
If the Police Federation is to overcome allegations of bullying and mismanagement, they need to implement the findings of a wide-ranging report from a former senior civil servant, the Government said.
A Home Office spokesman urged the union to implement recommendations put forward by Sir David Normington, a former Home Office permanent secretary.
Bullying is so endemic at the Police Federation that it "rivals any popular soap opera", the Chairman of an influential group of MPs said.
Keith Vaz, who runs the Home Affairs Select Committee, hit out at the Federation for bullying its chairman Steve Williams, who accused senior colleagues in the organisation of bullying him in a letter handed to the Committee as part of their inquiry.
The Police Federation should refund part of its membership fee to tens of thousands of its rank-and-file officers after the union was found to be sitting on a £70 million surplus, MPs have said.
The Home Affairs Select Committee said the £70 million far outweighed the Federation's operation costs.
The money could be returned to members as part of a subscription rebate, alongside a year's membership freeze and further reductions in the future, MPs suggested.
A 50% reduction in reserves held by central committees would add up to a rebate of nearly £120 per member, the Committee's report added.
Membership to the Federation is automatic for all police officers.