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Officer assaults: help make sure Bill is discussed by MPs

Officers are being urged to take part in a survey to ensure that proposed legislation providing better protection for police officers and other emergency service workers is discussed in Parliament.

The legislation aims to introduce tougher sentences for those found guilty of assaulting the police and emergency service personnel.

"We are pleased there has been a significant step forward in the campaign to provide added legislative protection for police and other blue light workers. Halifax MP Holly Lynch, a massive supporter of the Federation's Protect The Protectors campaign, was hoping to introduce a Private Members' Bill in Parliament earlier this year, but this was 20th on the list so unfortunately there was no time for it to be presented," says Tiff Lynch, chairman of Leicestershire Police Federation. "However, Holly has now informed the Federation that Chris Bryant MP, who was first on the list, has included the Protect The Protectors Bill in his section along with five other Bills, and he has asked the public to vote on which they want him to take forward.

"Mr Bryant has shared an online survey for people to vote and we are urging all officers to take part in this survey and circulate it to their friends and family too."

The survey introduction states: "There is no guarantee that the Bill (Chris Bryant) proposes will become law. He will have to argue his case and will need support from other parties. He is not allowed to introduce a Bill which aims to increase taxes or public spending. But he is guaranteed the Number 1 slot in debates in the autumn."

Simply click here to take part.