Theresa May 'went too far and should apologise'

Representatives of the Police Federation are calling for an apology from the Home Secretary Theresa May after she gave a speech at the annual conference telling them to "face up to reality", and announcing the withdrawal of public funding.

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Theresa May said if the Police Federation did not implement changes, the government would impose them themselves Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ian Hanson, chairman of Greater Manchester Police Federation, said: "Theresa May demeaned the office of Home Secretary this morning in a vitriolic attack not only on the Police Federation but on every police officer in the country."

"Much has been said about professionalism and standards of behaviour in recent times - today Mrs May went too far and should apologise", he added.

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