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Controversy over Suffolk police and crime commissioner

09:38 21 November 2012

Tim Passmore, Suffolk's new Police and Crime Commissioner

Tim Passmore, Suffolk's new Police and Crime Commissioner


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.

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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