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Theresa May: Police plans defeat will be 'reversed'

The government will try to push through plans for directly-elected police commissioners in England and Wales - after they were defeated in the Lords.

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, the Home Secretary Theresa May accused Labour peers of "sheer opportunism".

The government suffered an unexpected defeat over its police commissioner plans on Wednesday night when peers backed a Lib Dem amendment saying they should be appointed - not elected - by 188 votes to 176.

Theresa May said: "I expect we will bring it back to the Commons and we will reverse the decision in the Commons because this is a coalition agreement."

  • 15 May 2011
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