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National conference draws near

10 May 2017

Theresa May's decision to call a snap General Election meant plans for this year's national Federation conference were thrown into disarray with concerns over whether leading politicians would be able to attend.

However, it has now been confirmed that Amber Rudd and Brandon Lewis will be at conference.

Of course, this year's conference - on 16 and 17 May - takes us into new territory anyway. It's the first time the conference has been held in Birmingham and also the first to be held over two days, in line with the recommendations from Sir David Normington's independent review of the Police Federation of England and Wales.

The theme for this year's conference is Protect The Protectors, to echo the Federation's ongoing campaign on officer assaults, and other subjects on the agenda include police pursuit drives, officer welfare and police conduct with input from Dame Anne Owers, chair of the IPCC.

We will be taking a small group of our Federation representatives to conference so they can take part in debates and liaise with colleagues from across England and Wales. We will update the website with news on both days and will produce a special edition of our Upbeat magazine to give the full run-down of events at conference. So, as they say, watch this space.

Tiff Lynch