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Mates gets backing from Theresa May in bid to become police commissioner
1:40pm Monday 15th October 2012 in News
THE HOME Secretary has backed the controversial Conservative choice to be Hampshire’s new police commissioner.
Theresa May said Michael Mates, pictured, “would be able to knock heads together” if he wins next month’s poll.
She told the Daily Echo he would be “focused on cutting crime”.
Mr Mates has faced calls to withdraw from the race from some Hampshire Conservatives over a payout he received for giving up a rented flat. He was also criticised for his support for notorious fraudster Asil Nadir, who was jailed for ten years in August.
Ms May said she had held a meeting with Mr Mates at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham and he was “well aware” of what the job entailed.