Hundreds of police officers from across the region have taken part in a mass rally of Parliament. The officers have insisted that the rally was primarily to protest about the 20 per cent cuts in police budgets and the possible impact on public safety.
Rank and file police members are also unhappy about changes to their own pay and conditions.
Around 50 thousand public sector staff in our region have been taking part in a mass 24 hour walk out today. Immigration staff, lecturers and Job Centre workers are among those protesting about proposed changes to their pensions.
The Government wants them to contribute more towards their pensions and work for longer, saying the new system will be fair. Many say they just can't afford it.
The Police Minister Nick Herbert has defended the changes the government is making to police pay and conditions. Mr Herbert, who is a former Conservative candidate for Berwick upon Tweed, was speaking as thousands of officers were taking part in a mass lobby of parliament.
The minister insisted that it was right that police made their contribution to reducing the deficit.
Hundreds of police officers from across northern forces are in London today taking part in a mass rally of parliament. The rank and file officers say the 20% reduction in police numbers will put the safety of local communities at risk.