Commissioner criticised for plans to appoint a deputy

Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd
Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd

WIGAN’S Police and Crime Commissioner’s plan to appoint a deputy has attracted criticism from one of his rival candidates for the job.

Tony Lloyd yesterday announced he would look to appoint an understudy with a salary of £55,000.

But former Wigan mayor Michael Winstanley - who stood in the PCC elections last year - said he was disappointed that Mr Lloyd had not mentioned his plans during the election campaign.

He said: “It is scandalous that he goes on about cuts to police budgets from the government but he is spending all this money on a deputy.

“And he didn’t mention anything like this during the election, I wish he was more honest with the people.

“It’s ridiculous, if he needs a deputy I’m not sure what it is he’s actually doing. He’s not been the most visible commissioner so far.”

The commissioner’s office confirmed that the salary will come out of Mr Lloyd’s office budget which is 8.5 per cent less than the previous police authority’s budget.

Mr Lloyd (picturedabove) said: “I’ve carefully considered whether it was necessary and have come to the conclusion that this is a role I need to assist me holding GMP to account and driving forward the community safety agenda.

“I’m looking for someone who not only understands policing and crime, but has a track record of bringing agencies and local communities together to fight a shared goal.”

Applications are invited between now and July 12, a decision will be made on July 26.