George Beckett snubbed for police commissioner candidacy

George Beckett snubbed for police commissioner candidacy

George Beckett snubbed for police commissioner candidacy

First published in Politics Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by

HAMPSHIRE Tories have drawn up a shortlist for their candidate for the £80,000-a-year post of police commissioner.

The list includes two military men with no experience of politics, but not George Beckett, former leader of Winchester City Council.

The shortlist of six is: Roger Ainsley, a rear admiral from Southsea; Christopher Brannigan, a lieutenant colonel in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards from Winchester; Donna Jones, a magistrate and Portsmouth city councillor; Mel Kendal, a Hampshire county councillor from Milford on Sea; Michael Mates, the 77-year-old former MP for East Hampshire; Sean Woodward, the leader of Fareham Borough Council.

Surprisingly there is no place for Mr Beckett, who retired from Winchester City Council this month to clear the way for his challenge.

He told the Chronicle last night: “I’m bitterly disappointed. But politics is a risky business. I understood the risks when I entered the contest.”

In a move that is unique for the party nationally, the public has a chance to choose the top two candidates during a public meeting at Ferneham Hall in Fareham on June 16 from 10am-4pm.

Then party members will decide who will be the candidate for the election which will be held on November 15.

Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery, Tory co-ordinator, said: "We really didn't just want party members to make all the decisions as the police commissioner is an important and high-profile role, so we decided that a public vote was a good idea.”

Two candidates from the caucus will go on to three Conservative members' meetings where party activists can vote for their choice.

The winner will be unveiled at the final members' meeting on July 5 at Lord Wandsworth College in Hook.

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8:10am Mon 28 May 12

winchres says...

Good to see Beckett didn't get short listed - but Mel Kendall! If he gets the job he will have to learn pretty quickly how to communicate with people. Written to him many times about the roads, never had a reply.
Good to see Beckett didn't get short listed - but Mel Kendall! If he gets the job he will have to learn pretty quickly how to communicate with people. Written to him many times about the roads, never had a reply. winchres
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10:10pm Wed 30 May 12

cardinalfang says...

And the first task as Police Commissioner will be sorting out a massive pension and benefits package for yourself, paid for by laying off some front line officers and support staff. Job done!
And the first task as Police Commissioner will be sorting out a massive pension and benefits package for yourself, paid for by laying off some front line officers and support staff. Job done! cardinalfang
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