Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner will not give up his seat

Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner will not give up his seat

Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner will not give up his seat

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Crime reporter

LANCASHIRE’S first ever Police and Crime Commissioner has announced he will continue to serve as a County and Wyre Borough councillor, despite his prestigious new role.

Labour winner Clive Grunshaw has decided to continue with his council responsibilities until May, in an attempt to prevent the cost of a by-election.

Speaking before he officially takes on the new £85,000-a-year role tomorrow, Mr Grunshaw said: “I have already resigned from my position as leader of Wyre Labour Group.

“In the short term, I will continue my roles as a district and county councillor. I will make an announcement on my future in these roles in the New Year.

“I am aware that it would be very difficult to facilitate a by-election, for all concerned, so close to the festive season. It is important not to waste funds when it is only a short time until the county elections.”

Mr Grunshaw will begin his new job with a visit to UCLan in Preston with Chief Constable Steve Finnegan.

Mr Grunshaw has also announced his Deputy Commissioner will be Ibrahim Master.

Mr Master, from Blackburn, is a Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire and a member of the former police authority.

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11:18am Wed 21 Nov 12

usandthem says...

85k for a part-time job !! or will he be taking a smaller salary until May. Why was this not stated prior to the vote.
85k for a part-time job !! or will he be taking a smaller salary until May. Why was this not stated prior to the vote. usandthem
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11:36am Wed 21 Nov 12

alf-abett says...

I predicted this would happen before any candidates had been announced, that they would be political, would only be init for themselves, to use it to score political leverage over other parties and to do has little as possible for the benefit of the community. Is it any wonder the voting turnout was so small.
I predicted this would happen before any candidates had been announced, that they would be political, would only be init for themselves, to use it to score political leverage over other parties and to do has little as possible for the benefit of the community. Is it any wonder the voting turnout was so small. alf-abett
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12:59pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Henry Bolingbroke says...

Can we ask how much Mr Master, often described in the telegraph as 'a local businessman' will be paid as Mr Grunshaw's official deputy?

And bearing in mind the fact that he has ongoing business interests, would it be correct to describe Mr Master as a part time deputy and, if as I suspect, that is the case, ensure that his salary - if any - is paid pro-rata?
Can we ask how much Mr Master, often described in the telegraph as 'a local businessman' will be paid as Mr Grunshaw's official deputy? And bearing in mind the fact that he has ongoing business interests, would it be correct to describe Mr Master as a part time deputy and, if as I suspect, that is the case, ensure that his salary - if any - is paid pro-rata? Henry Bolingbroke
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2:21pm Wed 21 Nov 12

rilistic says...

Absolute disgrace!
Absolute disgrace! rilistic
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2:52pm Wed 21 Nov 12

superfly agaric says...

Blackburn is irrelevant as far as Clive Grunshaw is concerned - Mr Ibrahim Masters holds the position in this town.

Clive will go through the motions but any decisions involving Blackburn will have to be approved by Masters and the community he serves.
Blackburn is irrelevant as far as Clive Grunshaw is concerned - Mr Ibrahim Masters holds the position in this town. Clive will go through the motions but any decisions involving Blackburn will have to be approved by Masters and the community he serves. superfly agaric
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3:13pm Wed 21 Nov 12

woolywords says...

It surprised me to note that Councillors cannot take up a sinecure position much as MP's do by accepting the position of Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds. This is a devise used by the Chancellor of the Exchequer so that any MP may technically retire during the sitting of Parliament.

Whilst Mr Grunshaw is attempting to prevent a by-election, yet maintain the position that electors gave him, he walks a very tenuous tightrope. If he pulls off this act without upsetting too many, the new position should be a less daunting task.
It surprised me to note that Councillors cannot take up a sinecure position much as MP's do by accepting the position of Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds. This is a devise used by the Chancellor of the Exchequer so that any MP may technically retire during the sitting of Parliament. Whilst Mr Grunshaw is attempting to prevent a by-election, yet maintain the position that electors gave him, he walks a very tenuous tightrope. If he pulls off this act without upsetting too many, the new position should be a less daunting task. woolywords
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4:57pm Wed 21 Nov 12

whosincharge says...

Anyone who knows the man will know that he is a professional politician who is only in it for the money. He is also the world making lame excuses champion. Degrading the role of Lancashire's PCC to that of a part time jobsworth with two other jobs is a disgrace. Public pressure please to show this charlatan up.
Anyone who knows the man will know that he is a professional politician who is only in it for the money. He is also the world making lame excuses champion. Degrading the role of Lancashire's PCC to that of a part time jobsworth with two other jobs is a disgrace. Public pressure please to show this charlatan up. whosincharge
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8:24pm Wed 21 Nov 12

ste.g says...

they should have to resisgn while in this role and then never be allowed to run again.
they should have to resisgn while in this role and then never be allowed to run again. ste.g
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9:14pm Wed 21 Nov 12

prince of darkness says...

rilistic wrote:
Absolute disgrace!
One man one job this is New Labour. Dont remember seeing any mention of a deputy on all the leaflets I got not. This is one reason I didnt vote,was and is a total farce. I want to know where the 100 Million its reported to have cost, was spent on these elections.
[quote][p][bold]rilistic[/bold] wrote: Absolute disgrace![/p][/quote]One man one job this is New Labour. Dont remember seeing any mention of a deputy on all the leaflets I got not. This is one reason I didnt vote,was and is a total farce. I want to know where the 100 Million its reported to have cost, was spent on these elections. prince of darkness
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10:30pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Pendlesider says...

I'd hardly say the new role was 'prestigious'.
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one thing is certain, I didn't give up my seat to go and vote in the farcical police commissioner elections last week just to hike some politicians salary by £85,000 a year.
I'd hardly say the new role was 'prestigious'. . one thing is certain, I didn't give up my seat to go and vote in the farcical police commissioner elections last week just to hike some politicians salary by £85,000 a year. Pendlesider
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10:33am Thu 22 Nov 12

Fire Fly says...

With so many fingers in so many pies....how can he possibly do the role & people he's been elected to serve, justice??
With so many fingers in so many pies....how can he possibly do the role & people he's been elected to serve, justice?? Fire Fly
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11:18pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Graham Hartley says...

Henry Bolingbroke wrote:
Can we ask how much Mr Master, often described in the telegraph as 'a local businessman' will be paid as Mr Grunshaw's official deputy?

And bearing in mind the fact that he has ongoing business interests, would it be correct to describe Mr Master as a part time deputy and, if as I suspect, that is the case, ensure that his salary - if any - is paid pro-rata?
Yes, Henry; you can ask. It is correct to describe him as a part-time deputy, to be paid pro-rata if his application is accepted. To confirm this, start at http://council.lanca
shire.gov.uk/ and do a little work.
[quote][p][bold]Henry Bolingbroke[/bold] wrote: Can we ask how much Mr Master, often described in the telegraph as 'a local businessman' will be paid as Mr Grunshaw's official deputy? And bearing in mind the fact that he has ongoing business interests, would it be correct to describe Mr Master as a part time deputy and, if as I suspect, that is the case, ensure that his salary - if any - is paid pro-rata?[/p][/quote]Yes, Henry; you can ask. It is correct to describe him as a part-time deputy, to be paid pro-rata if his application is accepted. To confirm this, start at http://council.lanca shire.gov.uk/ and do a little work. Graham Hartley
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