Hampshire Police Federation 'not allowed' to speak at meeting with crime commissioner

THE head of the county's police federation has been told he cannot speak at a crunch meeting with the crime commissioner.

Friday, 13th April 2018, 11:29 am
Updated Friday, 13th April 2018, 6:11 pm
Michael Lane at the meeting today

Commissioner Michael Lane is today facing councillors at the Hampshire Police and Crime Panel in Winchester.

It comes after Mr Lane faced a confidence vote, with police officers asked by Hampshire Police Federation chairman John Apter if they have confidence in Mr Lane.

Panel chair, Councillor David Stewart, said: 'I received correspondence from the Police Federation which I have shared with members this morning.

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Michael Lane at the meeting today

'I don't intend to make any further comment on that, that's a matter for the federation.

'Although there was a request to address the panel by the federation, bearing in mind that the the chair of the federation is a serving police officer it's not appropriate.

'I've told him that he can't do that.'

Mr Lane has addressed councillors on how a £12 council tax precept increase has staved off cuts recommended by chief constable Olivia Pinkney.

Councillor David Stewart at the Hampshire Police and Crime Panel today in Winchester. Picture: Habibur Rahman
Michael Lane at the meeting today
Councillor David Stewart at the Hampshire Police and Crime Panel today in Winchester. Picture: Habibur Rahman