Simon Weston withdraws from race to become Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales
Falklands War hero Simon Weston has withdrawn from the race to become the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for South Wales because he was becoming disillusioned and the campaign was getting “too political”.
The 50-year-old ex-Welsh Guardsman said on Twitter today: "With regret pulling out of the PCC role for S Wales. Became disillusioned by the fact it was getting 2 political & not serving the people."
The creation of the new post is one of the biggest changes in policing in the past 40 years.
Among the commissioner’s powers will be deciding the policing priorities of the force, controlling budgets and setting local council tax precepts, and hiring and firing chief constables — however the Government insists the operational independence of chief constables, one of the cornerstones of British policing, will be not be affected.
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The South Wales commissioner will earn around £85,000 a year, while their Dyfed-Powys counterpart will earn around £65,000.
The work of each commissioner will be monitored by a police and crime panel made up of local councillors.
When Mr Weston entered the race for the new role in February, he said: "I'm an ordinary guy who is well known and I would make it my business to hear what the public had to say about policing.
"Crime is a very important issue and I think there's a need for someone to go to when there is a problem.
"People want to know what's being done about cars being stolen, about areas where young people are taking drugs or hanging around, about burglaries."
Elections for commissioners will take place on November 15.