The Police Federation of England and Wales’ Parliamentary sub-committee works on behalf of all 43 Federations to engage with legislators at Westminster and the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff. The committee has launched its #573 campaign this year, setting the ambitious goal for our committee and branches in meeting all 573 English and Welsh MPs by the end of 2021, either virtually or face-to-face.
This campaign seeks to encourage better engagement with MPs to bring policing issues and members’ concerns to the forefront of their thinking.
Meeting with MPs regularly not only allows them to be made aware of the issues impacting members at a local level but also offers an opportunity for them to briefed on national issues as well.
Many of the Federation’s campaign wins over the last few years, from legislative changes to sentencing for assaults on emergency workers to the introduction of a Police Covenant, started with conversations with MPs who have then advocated for these campaigns on the Federation’s behalf.
The more MPs that can support Federation campaigns and are aware of them, the more likely there is to be a change from Government.