A Conservative MP has accused the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) of being a ‘sore loser’ after a consultation showed public support for the scrapping of his role.
Last week the results of a two-stage public consultation over the future of the PCC were published, showing that a majority of respondents favoured transferring policing powers to the mayor by 2020.
In response, PCC David Jamieson said he had ‘serious doubts’ about the results of the consultation, questioning the ‘honesty and integrity’ of the process after accusations of cheating emerged last month.
Conservative MP for Solihull, Julian Knight, was one of the respondents to the consultation, stating in an email that he supported the proposals as he ‘believes that our town needs control of local police funding to be more accountable’.
And, taking to Twitter after the results were published, he also refuted Mr Jamieson’s claims, accusing him of ‘self interest’ in relation to the consultation.
“This is clearly self interest from the PCC,” he wrote.
“It is yet another example of a politician looking to ignore the views of the general public and we have had too much of that recently.
“Mr Jamieson should stop being a sore loser.”
The results are set to be presented to the board of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) on Friday, where they are expected to be passed on to the Home Office for consideration before final approval is granted by the WMCA later this year.
But Labour councillor Kerry Jenkins (Moseley) also took to Twitter to refute the results of the consultation, claiming that the turnout (6,000 in the first stage and 735 in the second) was too low for such an important issue.
“The response rate was really low to both stages considering the population of the WMCA,” she wrote.
“I objected but found it really difficult to disagree with a lot of the statements because of the way they were framed.
“To be honest this is just another power grab and should be stopped.”