Friday, 16 September 2016

Theresa May embroiled in PCC expense scandal.

Prime Minister Theresa May finds herself embroiled in scandal having endorsed the re-election of Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (SPCC) Katy Bourne, who is under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) for a criminal offence.

Being the first Police and Crime Commissioner in the UK to be interviewed under caution, Katy Bourne is alleged to have posted a false statement on social media, with the intention of influencing the election, contrary to Section 106 of the Representation of the People Act 1983, in which its an offence to make a false statement for the purpose of affecting the election of any candidate as Police and Crime Commissioner.

If the IPCC finds against her, a report will be passed onto the Director of Public Prosecutions, to commence criminal proceedings.

Theresa May & Katy Bourne
As Home Secretary, Theresa May appeared in a Youtube video which endorsed Katy Bourne saying, "With such an important role, Sussex needs someone who will take the job seriously, to work with the Government, cut crime, spend tax payers money wisely and keep the local communities safer and more secure. Only Katy Bourne can do that for Sussex, so on the 5th May, vote for Katy Bourne to be your Police and Crime Commissioner for the next 4 years."

Championed by Theresa May's predecessor David Cameron and based on the American Police Commissioner model, Police and Crime Commissioners were introduced in November 2012 to replace Police Authorities, by delivering an elected PCC to hold Chief Constables to account, setting the police priorities and setting the police budget and precept (tax). 

Earning between £85-£150K a year, Police and Crime Commissioners have been condemned by critics as a waste of money and are opposed by the Labour Party.

Praised on the floor of the House of Commons by both David Cameron and Theresa May, Katy Bourne was seen as a rising star of the Conservative Party and was even tipped to take over as PM one day. With the IPCC investigation looming over her, any chance of a role in front line politics has now disappeared and Theresa May is facing difficult questions over endorsing a PCC who is alleged to have lied, to influence the outcome of the second PCC elections in May 2016.

Katy Bourne has yet to publicly comment on the IPCC investigation.

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