Devon & Cornwall police call in another force to investigate Tory election expense allegations

The BBC reports:

A newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is facing calls to “stand aside” while she is investigated by police.

Officers are examining Alison Hernandez’s role in submitting expenses for Tory MP Kevin Foster in 2015.

Conservative, Ms Hernandez, was elected as Devon and Cornwall’s PCC on Friday.

Her political opponents say there is a “conflict of interest”, but Ms Hernandez says she will have no contact with officers investigating expenses.

Tudor Evans, Labour leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “She’s under investigation, her Conservative colleagues are being investigated and she’s a politically controlled PCC.”

He added that she should “absolutely” stand aside while the investigations take place.

The BBC understands Devon and Cornwall Police will bring in another force to investigate the expenses allegations.

A senior officer said: “Anything which could appear to be a conflict of interest has to be avoided.”

Adrian Sanders, the former Lib Dem MP for Torbay, who was beaten by Mr Foster in the 2015 general election, said Ms Hernandez “should stand aside” during the investigation.

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3 Comments

  • “she’s a politically controlled PCC”

    Can anyone explain the reasoning behind PCC’s being party-sponsored? I had one independent PCC candidate but can’t understand why they weren’t all so.

  • Richard Underhill 10th May '16 - 8:46am

    Liberal Democrat MPs opposed this during the coalition. They delayed the process for six months but were unable to prevent it entirely. Therefore the first elections were in November rather than May. This is a Tory policy. Public opinion believes strongly that police should be supervised independently.

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