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Annual lecture in memory of former Federation chairman

Representatives from Leicestershire Police Federation were among more than 100 people who attended a commemorative lecture in memory of Paul McKeever, the former national Federation chairman.

Leicestershire chairman Tiff Lynch attended the event, which was hosted by Leicester East Labour MP Keith Vaz, at the House of Commons.

It was the third event of its kind to be held in memory of Paul, who passed away suddenly, aged 57, in January 2013, two weeks before he was due to retire.

"It was a great event and it was lovely to meet some of Paul's family, especially his wife, who incidentally will soon be retiring from the NHS after 50 years service," said Tiff.

The lecture was opened by Mr Vaz, who welcomed all those present, especially Paul's wife, daughter and mother and father as well as representatives from the policing family including Steve White, current chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales.

The main lecture was delivered by Lynne Owens CBE, the director general of the National Crime Agency, who stressed the importance of neighbourhood policing.

Extracts from the poem If by Rudyard Kipling were referred to throughout her lecture. The poem had been read out at Paul's memorial service. Paul joined the Metropolitan Police in 1977 at the age of 21 and on completing his training served in Lambeth Borough until 1989 and policed the Brixton Riots in 1981 and 1985.

He was elected to the Federation in 1992 and was chairing the Federation's sergeants' committee when he became a late contender for the high profile post of chairman in 2008.

During his term of office, he fought a series of Government reforms including the reduction of a constable's pay to £19,000.

In his closing remarks, Mr Vaz commented that Paul wanted to continue to contribute to policing in some way when he retired. And it is hoped these lectures will be something that Paul would be proud of.