Write to Theresa May

You can use the form below to contact the Home Secretary, Theresa May. If you would prefer to email her yourself she’s on privateoffice.external@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk, public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk and mayt@parliament.uk.

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  • Theresa May previously rejected calls for the weapon to be introduced, saying in 2010: “I don’t think anybody wants to see water cannon used on the streets of Britain because we have… a different attitude to the culture of policing here in the UK. We police by consent and it depends on that trust between the police and the public.” The following year she reiterated: “The way we police in Britain is not through use of water cannon. The way we police in Britain is through consent of communities.”
  • Over 41,000 have now signed a petition against the introduction of water cannon
  • 55 MPs, peers, trade union leaders and public figures signed an open letter in the Telegraph urging Theresa May not to introduce the weapon
  • The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)’s own briefing acknowledges that “water cannon are capable of causing serious injury or even death” and that their “presence alone can be inflammatory”. Furthermore, the briefing admits “water cannon have limited use in relation to ‘agile’ disorder such as the dynamic looting that was witnessed in August 2011”.
  • Water cannon have never been used in England and Wales. The ACPO report suggests there is “no intelligence to suggest that there is an increased likelihood of serious disorder”. Why, then, spend millions purchasing water cannon at a time of austerity?
  • A non-binding budget vote in the London Assembly on a proposal to acquire water cannon was defeated by 20 – 5, with 4 Conservative Assembly Members voting against.
  • The proposal lacks proper support even from the police, with five out of the six largest police authorities, several Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Blair refusing to support the introduction of water cannon.

No to water cannon
Dear Theresa,

I am writing to you as the person who has the final say on whether to approve the use of water cannon across England and Wales, and implore you not to authorise their use.

I remind you of your comments of 2010: “I don’t think anybody wants to see water cannon used on the streets of Britain because we have… a different attitude to the culture of policing here in the UK. We police by consent and it depends on that trust between the police and the public.” The following year you said: “The way we police in Britain is not through use of water cannon. The way we police in Britain is through consent of communities.”

The introduction of water cannon would destroy trust between the police and the public. Please make the right decision and do not allow these weapons on our streets.

6 thoughts on “Write to Theresa May

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  3. I value peoples’ right to public protest. The police say they would not have used water cannon in recent demonstrations. Unwieldy and slow for present day requirements. Unjustified expense.

  4. Clearly, Boris Johnson knows that his party has pissed people off so much that they are going to react. Methinks the Mayor doth protest too much

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