Greater Manchester branch board Chairman leads the backlash as members are left stunned by Theresa Mayâ€™s hard hitting speech.
Ian Hanson (pictured), Chairman of the Greater Manchester branch board maintained that Mrs May had launched a vitriolic attack that was directed â€œat every officer in the countryâ€.
Mr Hanson was one of a number of officials who were left shocked at the tone of the Home Secretaryâ€™s speech. In it she said reform was needed in the Police Service following a string of high profile integrity cases, including historic probes such as Hillsborough.
The Home Secretary also threatened to impose reform on the Federation if the body failed to implement the recommendations of the independent Normington report.
In addition she confirmed she would be implementing several reforms to the staff association including withdrawing funding that pays for the salaries of the chairman, general secretary and treasurer, changing the law so that officers who join have to opt in to join the Federation and using existing and new legal powers to make all Federation bank accounts public.
However, Mr Hanson said he remained furious at the tone and content of Mrs Mayâ€™s speech, insisting that she had gone to far and should now apologies for her conduct.
Mr Hanson added: â€œTheresa May demeaned the office of Home Secretary in a vitriolic attack not only on the Police Federation but on every police officer in the country.
â€œHer attack upon the integrity of the service was an absolute disgrace and I watched in horror and amazement as her face contorted with anger as she attacked British policing citing yet again matters that go back decades as justification for her behaviour.â€
Elsewhere, national General Secretary Ian Rennie told colleagues in conference that he had been surprised by Mrs Mayâ€™s speech and was â€œdisappointedâ€ with its content.
Ian Pointon, Chairman of the Kent Branch board told colleagues that he was also left stunned by Mrs Mayâ€™s speech. He added: â€œI have never seen a home secretary address conference in that way.â€
He pointed out that when Federation members booed her as she left the stage two years ago â€œwe had been called bullies and she was the victimâ€. But he added: â€œThis morning she left as the bully.â€
From Police Oracle