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Police chief angry with Boris Johnson for using his officers in political stunt

Prime Minister Boris Johnson making a speech during a visit to West Yorkshire after the government promised ??750 million in yesterday's spending review to fund the first year of a plan to recruit an extra 20,000 police officers. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 5, 2019. See PA story POLICE Recruitment. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Prime Minister Boris Johnson making a speech during a visit to West Yorkshire (Picture: PA)

The chief constable of West Yorkshire Police is not happy with the Prime Minister after he appeared alongside some of his student officers during a press conference.

John Robins accused Boris Johnson of using the recruits as a backdrop to a political speech on Brexit and Jeremy Corbyn at the forces operations and training complex in Wakefield yesterday.

He said the force had agreed for 35 officers to be used on the understanding it would be in connection with the Governments police recruitment drive and had no prior knowledge the speech would be political.

Mr Robins said in a statement: It was the understanding of West Yorkshire Police that any involvement of our officers was solely about police officer recruitment.

We had no prior knowledge that the speech would be broadened to other issues until it was delivered.

epa07820460 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (C) delivers a speech to student police officers at the West Yorkshire Police Training Centre in Wakefield, Britain, 05 September 2019. According to reports, Prime Minster Johnson's six-week-old premiership was thrown into yet more disarray after his brother, Jo Johnson, quit the government in protest at his Brexit strategy. EPA/DARREN STAPLES / POOL

Mr Johnson (C) delivers a speech to student police officers (Picture: EPA)

Statement from West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable John Robins on yesterday's Ministerial visit. pic.twitter.com/63HoRX07Pl

— West Yorkshire Police (@WestYorksPolice) September 6, 2019

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Mr Robins said minutes before the speech he was told a scheduled visit to a National Police Air Service base had been cancelled, as well as a briefing to a pool of journalists.

He added: I was therefore disappointed to see my police officers as a backdrop to the part of the speech that was not related to recruitment.

During the address one of the student officers became unwell an collapsed.

Recruits had been standing for at least 20 minutes while waiting for the PM to start speaking.

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