Lib Dem councillor slams “exorbitant costs” of Police & Crime Commissioner elections
Lib Dem councillor for Consett, Owen Temple, has slammed the exorbitant costs of electing a Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham and Darlington after discovering that Durham County alone sets aside £1m for a single set of countywide elections and a few by-elections every four years.
“Clearly this election for a post nobody really wants, which few people actually bother to vote for, and which originated on the back of an envelope in some Tory waste-paper basket is going to cost hundreds of thousands of pounds.
“It just adds insult to the injury that is the Police and Crime Commissioner’s budget of £1 million a year. All this is money which would be better spent on providing police officers on the street.”
Owen is an enthusiastic supporter of Craig Martin, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner For Durham and Darlington. That may seem contradictory, but one of Craig Martin’s central campaign themes is that, when elected, he will campaign for the abolition of the role. He wants it to be replaced by a return to a more community based oversight of policing instead of putting it in the hands of a single, overpaid, politicised autocrat.