The Police Federation of England and Wales has failed to get enough votes to push through a parliamentary lobby for the right to strike. The result follows an online ballot for the 130,000 Federation members.
It is illegal for police officers to strike but a Police protest in London last May drew tens of thousands of officers from all over the country as they marched through London. They had taken a day off duty to take part in the demonstration.
It was in defiance against Government reforms and budget cuts. Police strength has fallen from 143,000 to 136,000 and further cuts are planned.