Denying the South East what it needs to grow and prosper with the misguided intention of being ‘fair’ to the rest of the country is detrimental to all in the end.
This year the 200th anniversary of Robert Peel first becoming Home Secretary. His words “The Police are the Public; the Public the Police” are as true today as they were then.
It offers the opportunity to devolve powers directly to county and unitary authorities – rather than imposing a one-size-fits-all Metro Mayor model.
In Surrey, we see middle-class activists cause great damage and disruption before getting let off the hook.
The Committee on Standards in Public Life proposed that councillors’ social media comment be included as “official capacity in their public conduct.”
Too often viewed as a victimless crime, stolen vehicles are often used for drug running and worse.
Polling suggests that the Prime Minister’s attitude is very similar to that of the general public.
The Reigate MP has made a complaint to the county’s Police and Crime Panel about the Surrey PCC’s pronouncements.
Thousands of people told me what they wanted Surrey Police to focus on and so this plan is their priorities.
This is a victory for free speech. But the system is flawed. The way to resolve controversies is through the ballot box.
I want to ensure that every pound that goes into policing makes us safer, while also protecting the taxpayer.
A directly-elected representative, answerable to the voters, is more democratic than an anonymous Police Authority.
The PCCs for Suffolk, Dorset, Avon and Somerset, Hertfordshire and Wiltshire strongly back the stance taken by their colleague in Surrey. Other were less emphatic.
Speaking out on this controversial subject is brave. But the Surrey Police Commissioner is not alone in doing so.