Police commissioner Tim Passmore set to seek re-election at Mid Suffolk District Council

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Tim Passmore - Credit: Archant

Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner has pledged to stay on as a Mid Suffolk district councillor and seek re-election in May.

Tim Passmore stepped down as the council’s leader when he was elected as commissioner in 2012. But political opponents called on him to also relinquish his role as a backbench Conservative councillor as they argued it would be too much for him to juggle the position with his new £70,000 a-year police role.

Now, just a few months away from the district election Mr Passmore has said unless anything “radically changes” he will seek re-election.

“I have had discussions with the group leader and association to remain as a backbencher which I would like to do at the next election,” he said.

“I think I have missed only one full council meeting (in the current financial year) which was because of a holiday so I have been able to sort out my diary and I am going to parish council meetings as well.

“You get a different perspective as a district councillor, which is never meant to be a full-time job. As I have said before quite a few people are county councillors and also on other councils, most MPs also have other jobs.”

He added it was important to remain in contact with residents to understand their concerns. In the current financial year Mr Passmore has attended two full council meetings out of a possible three.

Andrew Stringer, Green councillor and opposition leader at Mid Suffolk, who criticised Mr Passmore in 2012, said it was important for backbench councillors to be members on committees as well as attend full council.

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“Being police and crime commissioner must take time away from him fulfilling his role as district councillor, which can be a times quite demanding,” Mr Stringer said.