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Green Party will not stand at election for Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner

11:25 28 September 2012

Adrian Ramsay said the party wanted an independent candidate to get the job.

Adrian Ramsay said the party wanted an independent candidate to get the job.

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The Green Party announced today it would not put forward a candidate at Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner.

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Elections for the commissioner take place on November 15, and the winner will have powers to hire and fire and set budgets.

The party, which opposed introducing police commissioners, said it decided not to stand as the role should be taken by an independent candidate.

Adrian Ramsay, from the Green Party, said: “We believe that the role would best be filled by an independent candidate with relevant experience rather than the police being closely associated with a political party.

“We are encouraging potential progressive independent candidates to come forward and we will be asking them about the key issues which we feel need addressing in the election.”

Today the Greens sent a list of questions to independent candidates and their answers will be looked at a meeting in Norwich on Thursday.

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5 comments

  • It is always best to get your excuses in early.The last Green leader ended up joining the Tories leaving the good people of Thorpe Hamlet somewhat perturbed.How many more pretend Greens can they find?

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • I welcome the message from the Green party, the only party who seems to act up their initial rejection of the idea. I also welcome their support for a truly Independent approach to this job, it is vital that party politics is kept out of this.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • Peter Watson, you're confusing an excuse with the Green Party's commendable view that this position should not be one based on or carrying any political leanings. I think it's more a case of how many Conservatives are going to follow Stephen Bett and pretend to be Independent between now and next May.

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    Honest John

    Saturday, September 29, 2012

  • I too congratulate the Green Party for the stance they have taken, particularly their recognition of how vital it is that a non-political person is selected for the role. This means a truly independent person Mr Bett, and not one who has stood as an independent because he wasn't chosen by his political party. Will the Conservatives be footing the electioneering bill for Mr Athill?

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    Honest John

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • As the green party appears to be 'run' by group of nutters, small mercies like this one are welcome.

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    nrg

    Friday, September 28, 2012

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