James Athill has been chosen by Norfolk Conservatives as the party’s candidate for the county’s first Police and Crime Commissioner.

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Mr Athill, who was educated at Gresham’s School and brought up at Morston on the north Norfolk coast, was selected following open primaries which took place at Norwich and Swaffham earlier today.

17 comments

  • I still fail to see why politics have to creep in to policing,have we not got a chief constable already.I presume the post will be a salaried one.

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    Cynical Bob

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • And what policing experience does Mr Athil have ?

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    Farquarson-Smythe

    Saturday, July 28, 2012

  • Perhaps Cllr Bett will now find time to work on improving his attendance record at County Hall. Historically, it has been less than impressing. He might also reconsider his decision not to make an e-mail address available to the public.

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    Nemesis

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • An old Army chappie overseeing the police - where have we heard of that before? What next Col Bob Stewart as Home Sec?

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    Kenny Bunkport

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Echoing alecto's comment -- I think it will be disastrous if elections for offices like this are dictated by party loyalties -- all the more so in a one-party state like Norfolk. Please please can we have some credible independent candidates.

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    Trevor Ashwin

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • Mr Athill probably has just as much experience of policing as the current chairman of the Norfolk Police Authority, Stephen Bett who is, I believe, a farmer.

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    Betty Swallocks

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • Perhaps Cllr Bett will now find time to work on improving his attendance record at County Hall. Historically, it has been less than impressing. He might also reconsider his decision not to make an e-mail address available to the public.

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    Nemesis

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • It is interesting, and perhaps not surprising, that the only candidate who is not an elected politician was the one nominated to stand. Clearly, even members of the Conservative Party are growing tired these days of that breed. Could this be down to the antics of Derrick Murphy and a handful of his colleagues?

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    Nemesis

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • Hey ho, Cllr Bett - now you'll have more time to get yourself over to county hall and represent your constituents for a change instead of ducking all those tiresome old meetings you're supposed to attend....

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    Saturday, July 28, 2012

  • Yes indeed, Farquarson-Smythe. We all look forward to finding out more about Mr Athill's qualifications, priorities and concerns!!

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    Trevor Ashwin

    Saturday, July 28, 2012

  • I was there. The tories loved him. He is one of their own and banged on ceaselessly about "The Party" It will be situation normal if he is elected. Someone caring more about the Tories and their wellbeing than Norfolk as a whole. Just like Murphy and his cronies. Come on Mervyn Lambert. You know you are the best candidate and have never shown any party affiliation so we know you will represent us not spend your time sucking up to a party in order to secure your next job.

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    alecto

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • Soldier-EDP had details of candidates from each party the other day.

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    Daisy Roots

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • Oh dear, there wasn't much to choose from really though, either politically motivated or someone who is now aspiring to be. Echo alecto, come on Mervyn Lambert, please shake up NCC and bring some much needed credibility back to the County .... please?

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    Honest John

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • Thank goodness they were wise enough not to choose Mr Bett. There`s been enough mistakes made by the Police Authority to last a life time.

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    BG

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • With S.Morph's record at Norwich City Council it is a wonder he even got on to the list at all, again what experience has he got. Surely as an ex Unison official is not considered.

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    Paul Platten

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • The EDP carried brief cvs of the candidates for this post just the other day. This chap appears to have been a career soldier reaching the rank of colonel if I remember correctly, but the article was not full enough to reveal much about his career, whether he has been at the sharp end or behind a desk all the time. About as well qualified as any of the other parties' offerings and would be interesting to see how our constabulary like a soldier as their " boss" as the police often give it all that about how superior they are to the military, how they have to think for themselves rather than just follow orders...

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    Daisy Roots

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • He knows all about the Foreign office's dirty tricks brigade. This office should be held by an Independent candidate who has no specific party affiliation, to make certain that she represents the people of Norfolk. Can we expect the proposed candidates to undertake public hustings?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

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