North Wales deserves no less than a full time and fully committed Police and Crime Commissioner

Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd Ann Jones has waded in to the on-going row over North Wales Police and Crime Commissioners’ admission that he intends to continue to practise as a barrister whilst raking in a taxpayer funded salary of £70,000.

Mrs Jones has raised the issue at the National Assembly for Wales and questioned the Communities, Equalities and Local Government Minister, Carl Sargeant AM on the matter.

Ann Jones said:

“I was dismayed that Mr Roddick ran as an independent during the recent elections, only to be outed as a card carrying paid-up member of the Lib Dem’s once the votes were cast and the ballots counted.

“I am not surprised, but none the less very disappointed by Mr Roddick’s stated intention to be a part-time Police and Crime Commissioner as he continues to practise as a barrister whilst raking in a taxpayer funded salary of £70,000.

“Residents rightly feel that they’ve been double-duped.

“North Wales deserves no less than a full time and fully committed Police and Crime Commissioner. I urge Mr Roddick to reconsider his decision.”

Labour Minister, Carl Sargeant said:

“I have written to the Deputy Prime Minister requesting him to consider the introduction of an obligation that anyone standing for election who is a member of a registered political party stands under that political flag. Failure to do so should be a reason for challenging the result of the election.”