On May the 31st, Mr Spendlove said he confronted Mr Pritchard, 44, at the Huntsman pub in Little Wenlock, Shropshire for calling the police and said the pair had a “heated discussion” .
Mr Spendlove left after the argument, but according to other witnesses Mr Pritchard was heard publicly criticising the police and their response to his allegation about Mr Spendlove’s driving.
The way they phrase that, it’s almost as if ‘publicly criticising the police’ was a sin, isn’t it? Something that nice people just don’t do…
It’s not like they don’t sometimes deserve criticism, though:
When Mr Pritchard went to the toilet, Det Supt Cooper followed him and pushed him in the back of the head and onto the ground. He called the police and Det Supt Cooper was later charged with common assault.
Ah, the finest conflict resolution training that taxpayer money can buy!
But don’t expect to see him in the dock. Oh, dear me, no…
The officer was due in court this week but West Mercia police said yesterday that he had accepted a caution. A spokesman said internal disciplinary proceedings were also under way.
I await the outcome with bated breath!
Yesterday Mr Pritchard, MP for the Wrekin, who has been a vocal campaigner for police reforms, last night denied he had publicly criticised the police. He said he and Mr Cooper had had “no cross words prior to the incident.”He said: “He has admitted his guilt. This was an unprovoked attack when my back was turned.
That seems to be a specialty of the police – they must have a training course for it!
It has made me more determined than ever to speak out against police misconduct. I will not resile from supporting the government’s much needed and necessary police reforms. Police officers are subject to the law like everyone else” .
Yes. They are. Good for you for pointing this out!
This chap clearly has a lot of admirable qualities, then?
Mr Pritchard is a vocal critic of the Prime Minister…
The outspoken MP was also in the spotlight in 2011 after a public spat with the Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow…
Better and better!
He also recently called on the Home Secretary to reduce the cost to the public purse of the Association of Chief Police Officers.
What’s not to like? Well, apart from the idiocy of his stance on circuses, but that’s a minor thing.