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Fire service switch idea 'should be axed' says West Norfolk campaigner

By Lynn News Reporter

A West Norfolk campaigner has said the idea of Norfolk's police and crime commissioner taking on the running of the county's fire service should be scrapped altogether.

Jo Rust spoke out after Lorne Green announced earlier that he would not be submitting a case for reform to the Home Office at this stage.

But he has indicated he will keep the option open.

Mrs Rust, secretary of the Lynn and District Trades Council, which campaigned against the measure, said she was astounded the option was being kept on the table.

Jo Rust, Labour West Norfolk candidate
Jo Rust, Labour West Norfolk candidate

She said: " It is shocking that a man who has already said he has no intention of standing is trying to put this forward when he is basically coming to the end of his tenure.

"I can't see why he is doing this. He has his own aspirations and is seeking to go out with a bang despite it being a sham consultation."

Earlier this month, Mr Green announced he would not be seeking re-election when his current term ends in 2020.

Meanwhile, the Fire Brigades Union has said the decision had followed "an informed public campaign" against the idea.


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