The new police and crime commissioner in Suffolk has caused controversy just days into his new £70,000-a-year job by refusing to quit as a councillor.

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Tim Passmore announced his resignation as leader of Mid Suffolk Council on Monday – but his decision to remain as a councillor was attacked by political opponents.

Leader of the opposition Andrew Stringer at Mid Suffolk District Council has claimed he will have a conflict of interests and will not have time to carry out the two jobs.

Mr Stringer said: “This new role as police commissioner, as far as we are concerned, it’s more than a full-time job.

“The role of district councillor is, and can be, quite demanding. I have two roles – district and county councillor – and it’s very demanding.”

Mr Passmore said he had received a lot of support for staying on as a councillor.

He said: “I do not know what Mr Stringer is talking about. I have taken advice and there’s no reason to resign. I fundamentally do not agree with him; I will monitor it and see how it develops.

“It’s never been a problem in the past and I do not anticipate a problem in the future.”

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  • We know where Mr. Passmores support comes from, and his lack of mandate he uses as a great victory, it does not make for inspired practise. Why should he keep his councillor's job when he has to be seen as impartial, being available to all of Suffolk's voters? Those who want him to carry on as councillor must surely understand that this sort of favouritism designed by the minority parties in power, is not what the all encompassing job was about to do, or the Home office brief prescribed. That the personal enrichment should be the first issue the PCC's use their power for, is typical for the Conservatives, it makes it obvious as to why Mr. Passmore did ask for the job. Money, power and his Tory agenda!

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • Very easy Ingo. The people of his division in Suffolk should show what they think of him trying to scrape every penny he can into his trough by voting him out next May. If they dont then shame on them. And the fact he hasn't done it voluntarily, shame on him.

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    alecto

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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