Bill Brereton: Liberal Democrats put brake on Tory police commissioners

April 21, 2011 1:12 PM

The Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate in Wrexham and the former Deputy Chief Constable of North Wales Police, Bill Brereton, has welcomed moves by the Liberal Democrats in Westminster to disrupt plans to introduce elected police commissioners in Wales. Bill Brereton

Liberal Democrat peers want the idea piloted before it is implemented nationwide and say they will disrupt the timetable by introducing amendments to legislation. The Liberal Democrat spokeswoman on Home Affairs in the House of Lords, Lady Sally Hamwee, wants the idea trialled in parts of the country for three years before it is implemented nationwide.

Bill Brereton, Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate in Wrexham said:

"I am already on record expressing my concerns about the Conservative proposals for Police Commissioners. I am deeply worried that elected police commissioners will take policing back 200 years. These proposals would put far too much power in the hands of a single individual and politicise the police service.

"The Liberal Democrats in Westminster are acting as an effective brake against the worst excesses of the Conservatives."

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