Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Graham Bright to not stand for re-election in 2016

Cambridgeshire Police Crime Commissioner Sir Graham Bright. Photo: Paul Franks
Cambridgeshire Police Crime Commissioner Sir Graham Bright. Photo: Paul Franks
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Sir Graham Bright has announced that he will not put himself forward for re-election next year to be Cambridgeshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Sir Graham, the Conservative Party candidate, was elected to office in November 2012.

He said: “It has been an enormous honour and privilege for me to serve the people as Cambridgeshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner.

“This is an immensely satisfying role and I have relished the challenges posed by the changes we have had to make in order to continue to deliver an effective police force in a period of reducing budgets.

“I will leave office in May 2016 with the constabulary in a strong position and with many long term programmes underway that will ensure a strong financial and operational footing in the future. Between now and May 2016 I will continue to drive forward the changes underway to ensure that whoever succeeds me starts with a strong foundation.

“This is a very demanding role and one which I do not feel I can commit myself to for another four years.

“While I will not be putting my feet up I am looking forward to spending more time with my wife and continuing to use my experience to provide advice and guidance to some of the other organisations I support.”

Sir Graham listed his achievements as protecting front-line officer numbers despite tightening budgets, collaborating with fellow forces in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, and the Victim’s Hub.

Police and Crime Commissioner elections are due to be held on May 5 2016.

The Conservatives will announce their candidate in the near future.

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