Election of National Chairman
Following the announcement that Steve White, Chairman of the Police Federation of England & Wales, is to resign, Hampshire Police Federation Chairman, John Apter, has issued the following statement.
John said: "Firstly I would like to wish Steve and his family well for the future. Since Steve announced his intention to resign I have received many encouraging messages from colleagues asking if I will be standing to be the National PFEW Chairman.
"As a result, I felt it important to clarify my position.
"In October 2016 I announced to my Hampshire colleagues my intention to stand for the National Chairman's role. This was in anticipation of changes to Police Regulations which would allow all 122,000 PFEW members to have their say on who should hold the post.
"Unfortunately, due to delays from the Home Office, the Regulations have not yet been amended. At this stage that means I am unable to stand for this position.
"My understanding is that an election will take place under the current rules for Steve's replacement. Sadly members across the country will not be able to have their say on this occasion - and I appreciate to elect a Chairman for such a short period of time will seem bizarre to many officers.
"I hope the Regulations will be changed in early 2018 which, in accordance with the long awaited reforms of the Police Federation of England & Wales, would allow all our members to elect their Chairman.
"So to be clear, my intention has not changed and I will be standing for the role of the National Chairman - once the rules and Regulations allow it."