Race for Conservative Police Commissioner nomination hots up!

Race for Conservative Police Commissioner nomination hots up…

Two Cabinet Lead Members from Leicestershire County Council have made it through to the next stage in the race to become the Conservative Party’s nominee for the job of Police Commissioner for Leicestershire & Rutland.

Nicholas Rushton, deputy leader and lead member for Finance & Resources, and Joe Orson, lead member for Safer Communities at the County Council, were chosen after attending an interview at Conservative Party HQ in London.

Nick Rushton said: “I am delighted to be through to the next stage of the process. After seeing so many high quality candidates come forward in the first instance, I am happy to go through. These elections are the first step towards restoring local democracy in policing. I’m disappointed our Coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats, are not bothering to field a candidate for these very important elections.”

Joe Orson said: “It is an honour to be part of these historic elections and I am chuffed to bits to be selected for the next stages. I will take each stage as it comes as there is a lot of hard work ahead.”

The candidate selected will stand as prospective Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The main duties of the PCC are to hold the Chief Constable to account and to set the budget priorities the police operate under. It is expected that the Conservative nominee will be chosen by registered party members by 26th May 2012 and the election will take place on November 15th 2012.