London police today criticised Police Federation leaders for "ignoring" the votes of over 56,000 officers following a ballot on industrial rights.
More than 40 per cent of 133,000 Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) members voted and over 80 per cent of them were in favour of winning the right to strike.
But PFEW chair Steve Williams said he had not received a "clear mandate" to begin negotiations with the government.
He said over half of the federation's entire membership needed to vote in favour of the proposals for him to begin talks with the government.
The Metropolitan Police Federation (MPF) criticised Mr Williams "bizarre logic" and pledged to "pursue this matter vigorously."
The MPF said the ballot turnout was as high as 49 per cent and pointed out that Police Commissioners were elected on a turnout of just 15 per cent.
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