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PCC fails to get automatic selection as Tory candidate in 2020

Julia Mulligan

Published by Minster FM News at 6:07am 22nd February 2019. (Updated at 3:13pm 22nd February 2019)

North Yorkshire's PCC loses vote in bid to retain postition

  • Julia Mulligan's fails to win approval to be the Conservative candidate for the role in 2020.
  • It follows a vote by party members at a meeting last night (Thursday).
  • Ms Mulligan will face an open selection process rather than an automatic re-selection, should she wish to to be considered for the role beyond her current term.

Julia Mulligan has failed to be automatically selected as the Conservative candidate for the next Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner election in 2020. 

It comes on the day the council watchdog approved her plans to raise council tax to pay for more officers with, they said, reluctance.  

 

At a meeting of North Yorkshire Conservative members last night (Thursday) in Tadcaster it was decided that she should face an open selection process rather than be automatically adopted.

 

Ms Mulligan was elected as police and crime commission in 2012 and took over the governance of North Yorkshire's fire and rescue service last year.

 

Meanwhile,

After vetoing an initial proposal put to them earlier this month, the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel has reluctantly approved an increase of just under 10 per cent in council tax for policing.

It means 51 additional officers will be appointed and Julia Mulligan says she very much shares their reluctance to see the tax go up but...  

"Unfortunately this was the only way to raise money - it is the biggest investment in local policing for nearly 10 years."

The panel vetoed the Commissioner’s original proposed increase at its meeting of 5 February due to a lack of assurance and detail about where the extra money would be spent, particularly in relation to improving local policing.

However, the Commissioner returned today (Thursday) to ask the Panel to consider a revised proposal of an increase of £22.95 in 2019/20 for a Band D property, £1 lower than the proposal previously submitted.

This year, the Government has given additional flexibility to commissioners to raise the policing precept by up to £24.

Having challenged the Commissioner to provide them with further specifics about how this considerable increase would be spent, the Commissioner submitted new details that set out her plans for improving neighbourhood policing.

The Panel heard that the money raised by this increase will provide 51 additional police officers and 23 and a half PCSO positions across North Yorkshire and York.

Plans for these new recruits include the creation of a City Task Force in York comprising 10 officers and another 22 officers dedicated to neighbourhood teams and multi-agency prevention work.

The Panel is only able to exercise its power of veto for the Commissioner’s first proposal, but the Commissioner must now “have regard” to further recommendations made by the Panel on her latest proposal.

These include quarterly financial monitoring and greater scrutiny of the delivery of the Police and Crime Plan.

Councillor Carl Les, Chair of the panel, said:

“We recognise that an increase of just over 9.8% is a big ask of the public, but we also understand the public’s demand for better, more visible local policing and this funding is vital to making that happen.

At our last meeting, we were clear with the Commissioner that this level of increase could not be approved with so little detail or assurance for the public about the kinds of changes they would see as a result.

Following the further detail presented today, we have reluctantly supported this significant increase.

We recognise that this is the only way to ensure the police get the resources they so desperately need in terms of local, visible policing.

However, the Panel will hold the Commissioner to account through scrupulous monitoring of the financial position and the progress in making visible changes to local policing.”

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