Political parties irrelevant as Home Secretary sets rules
Regarding PR North's letter "Do we really need a local Police Commissioner?"
For such a prolific commentator of the Letters & Opinion section to state "The only candidate I know for this area is Lord Prescott" is amazing and people can only assume that the writer doesn't read the newspaper they write in.
As for barring political party members from standing for PCC, it wouldn't make any difference if the aim is to keep politics out of policing.
The police work within laws, guidance, rules and regulations thought up and created by a Government through a politician called a Home Secretary according to their political bias, something no future PCC can change, not even an independent one.
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All PCCs will still have to work within a centrally driven political agenda controlled by the governing party of the day, therefore whether or not a PCC is a political party member is irrelevant when it comes to electing one. - Gary Day, Orchard Close, Messingham