Via the BBC:
The Lib Dems urged elections for police commissioners to be delayed partly to help the electoral prospects of their local councillors, the BBC understands.
The elections were due to take place on 3 May 2012, the same day as council polls across England and Wales, but are set to be put back until November.
A senior Lib Dem spokesman told BBC News their councillors wanted to “depoliticise” the vote.
Labour, which is against elected police chiefs, claims the move will cost £25m.
The issue was the subject of a spat at Prime Minister’s Questions, with opposition leader Ed Miliband saying the government had its priorities wrong while Prime Minister David Cameron said it would make the police more accountable…
A Lib Dem spokesman told the BBC’s Political Correspondent Ben Geoghegan part of the reason for the delay to the elections date was pressure from party councillors facing re-election next Spring.
“Our key aims were to de-politicise this as much as possible,” the party spokesman said. “If we have to accept it, we are going to make sure we do in in the most appropriate way.”
Our correspondent said councillors were worried there would be too much focus on law and order in the local elections if they were held on the same day as police polls.