PCC hits back over refusal of co-option
A spokeswoman for the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner has said it is '˜disappointing' that the Conservative-led Northumberland County Council had '˜not adhered to the spirit of the legislation' by voting not to co-opt her onto the council to deal with fire-service issues.
She added: “The Commissioner is committed to delivering efficiency, effectiveness and improved public safety and being part of the Northumberland Fire and Rescue Authority would have helped further enhance this delivery for local residents. Tyne and Wear Fire Service has embraced this model and the Commissioner is fully involved in their work, it is regrettable that Northumberland County Council has chosen politics over delivery of enhancing further the work of Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service.”
Council leader Peter Jackson also accused Dame Vera of playing politics.