Crime chief to leave council

Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw
Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw

LANCASHIRE’S police and crime commissioner is stepping down from his role on Wyre Council.

Clive Grunshaw was elected as the first ever PCC in November and had previously led Wyre’s labour group 
before relinquishing the position.

Mr Grunshaw stayed on as Pharos ward councillor after winning the election, but has now stepped down from the role after 19 years.

He said: “I’m proud to have had the privilege of working on behalf of Wyre residents but I can confirm that I have stood down as a Wyre councillor, effective from the end of February.

“The timing is so that both by-elections can now be held on May 2, alongside the county elections.

“This will minimise the cost of holding the elections.

“As Police and Crime Commissioner, I will continue to serve the people of Wyre and standing down enables me to concentrate all my efforts on being the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire.”

The decision, which he first referred to in December, came into effect from last Thursday.

Julie Grunshaw, the commissioner’s wife, has also chosen to step down from her position as councillor for Mount ward.

Despite giving up the role on Wyre Council, Mr Grunshaw is set to remain as the representative for Fleetwood East on Lancashire County Council.

The commissioner’s tenure began with controversy when he became embroiled in an expenses probe.

Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information request appear to show on 23 occasions in three years he claimed expenses from both the county council and police authority for separate meetings which were held on the same day in or near Preston.

His £85,000 a year salary makes him the highest paid councillor in the county and he welcomed an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation into his expenses.