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14th April, 2014
Scottish Political Party Conference Season – Update

Scottish Political Party Conference Season

Followers of our twitter account @scotspolfed will be aware we have been taking our #itswhatwedo films directly to our politicians, party political members and activists.

This Spring Conference season has been unusual by recent standards as all of the main political parties held conferences over four of the last five weekends. It would be fair to say that the interest and scrutiny we see being applied to the police service on a day to day basis was evident in spades at all the conferences we attended.

Our Chairman and General Secretary were amongst the very few commercial exhibitors to secure a private meeting with the Prime Minister at the Scottish Conservative Party Conference. The regard in which the SPF is held also ensured access to and interaction with senior politicians in all parties, including cabinet and shadow cabinet members in both Scotland & Westminster, at all of the other conferences also.

Whilst it was understandable that many of the conference delegates and political attendees were keen to hear first hand about the Police Service of Scotland – one year on, SPF officials continually reinforced the message of the demoralising effects of near stagnation on wages and pension changes.

The response to our #itswhatwedo videos was simply overwhelming and without exception everyone who viewed them and interacted at the SPF stand left with a greater appreciation for work of the men and women who perform the role of a police officer in Scotland.

The SPF hosted a fringe event at each of the Conferences and these can be viewed below;

We are grateful for the contributions of Murdo Fraser MSP; Scottish Police Authority Member Cllr Iain Whyte and Chief Superintendent Craig Suttie, Vice President of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents for their contribution at the Scottish Conservative Party Conference.

We are equally grateful for the contributions of Graeme Pearson MSP and Chief Superintendent David O’Connor, President of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents for their contribution at the Scottish Labour Party Conference.

Thanks are extended to Mike Crockart MP, Cllr Martin Greig and Chief Superintendent David O’Connor, President of the Association of Scottish Police Superintends for their contribution at the Scottish Liberal Democrats Conference.

Highlights from the Scottish National Party Conference Fringe involving the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill MSP and Chief Superintendent David O’Connor, President of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents are shown below.

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