On the November 15, 2012, voters across most of England & Wales elected their new and first Police & Crime Commissioners. Whilst not involved in operational policing (that will still be directed by the Chief Constable), the PCCs now have sweeping powers. This blog is here to act as source of information & ideas about how the new PCCs can build positive futures for policing and criminal justice in the UK. (Although a few other local matters sometimes creep in too!)
Friday, July 27, 2012
The mystery that is Councillor Anthony Stansfeld (part three)
It is now (pretty well) three business weeks since I wrote to West Berkshire Council in response to their reply to my request to know more about the businesses that Cllr Stansfeld says he chairs. (See part two here and part one here for the back story.) I have not had a reply. This is curious since they replied to my first inquiry within one day.
Quite frankly, I am bemused as to why doesn't Cllr Stansfeld just make a clear statement about what companies (with accessible addresses / numbers etc) he is involved with. I am beginning to wonder if there is something a shade hidden here. The electors of Thames Valley may be wondering the same thing...
So, if I do not receive a reply from the West Berkshire Official by Tuesday (he is returning from holiday on the Monday it would appear from his out of office email), I may well have to resort to an FoI inquiry to prize the information out.
But come on Cllr Stansfeld! As you are standing to be the Conservative Police & Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, you surely want to be (and be seen to be) totally transparent about your various commercial (and other) interests?