12 September 2023
In a speech at this year‘s Police Superintendents’ Association conference, the Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper, has announced the Labour Party is backing the #MedalsforHeroes campaign.
Making reference to the hard work and determination shown daily by serving officers, the Shadow Home Secretary highlighted the importance of recognising the dedication of those who serve along with the difficulties that face policing in general.
She went on to pay special tribute to Sergeant Graham Saville who recently received fatal injuries while attempting to save a distressed member of the public.
The full Labour Party support comes on the back of unanimous cross-party endorsement from MPs who have directly called on the Government for formal state recognition for emergency service workers who are killed in the execution of their duties.
Yvette Cooper added: “We believe that those who give their lives to keep British people safe on our streets and in their homes, should be recognised and honoured for the work they have done.”
Steve Hartshorn, national chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, who attended the conference, said: “We’ve been seeking formal recognition now for a number of years and last year, we joined our efforts with other associations and individuals to call for the introduction of an emblem or medal similar to the Elizabeth Cross.
“I recognise the importance of the Shadow Home Secretary’s announcement today in pledging the support of the Labour Party. I ask again now for all MPs and all parties to bring about the much-needed change that my fallen colleagues rightfully deserve. It’s long overdue.”