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Police body's concern after MP arrest

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The Association of Police Authorities has seized on the arrest of Tory MP Damian Green as fresh evidence against the introduction of directly elected crime and policing representatives (CPRs).

“The recent controversy over the arrest of Damien Green clearly illustrates the difficulties when it can be alleged that police investigations are for party political reasons,” APA chairman Cllr Bob Jones (Lab) claimed.

“Because politicians are not above the law, there will inevitably be police investigations on issues such as postal voting and cash for honours, as well as case like the current controversy.”

The Home Office confirmed its intention to replace councillors on police authorities with directly elected CPRs when it published its response to the consultation on the policing green paper.

The proposals will be confirmed in the Policing and Crime Reduction Bill expected to be announced in today’s Queen’s Speech.

“The government’s proposals to introduce direct elections to police authorities would re-introduce a party political majority to whole swathes of the country, opening up even more allegations of a party political agenda to the detriment of both policing and politics,” Cllr Jones continued.

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