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Norfolk police and crime commissioner will not seek re-election

Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green (2625842)
Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green (2625842)

Norfolk's police and crime commissioner will stand down when his term in the job ends in 2020.

In a statement issued this lunchtime, Lorne Green said the decision had been made for family reasons and he would complete his four-year term.

He said: “I take enormous pride in serving the Norfolk community as its Police and Crime Commissioner. I take even greater pride in being a dad and granddad.

"My wife and I have had a recent major and welcome change in family circumstances. Our elder son, his wife and two young grandchildren have returned to live in Norfolk in recent months after an absence abroad of 12 years.

"Our younger son was married in recent weeks and he and his wife are returning to live and work here after living abroad for some years.

"My wife and I want to devote more time together to supporting and enjoying our family.

"Accordingly I will not be seeking re-election at the next Police and Crime Commissioner election in 2020.

"I will, of course continue to serve the Norfolk community with undiminished commitment and enthusiasm until that time.”

Mr Green, a Conservative candidate, was elected to the post in May 2016, succeeding Stephen Bett.

In recent months, he has attracted controversy over proposals which could see his office take over management of the county's fire service, a move opposed by both Norfolk County Council and unions.

And he also endorsed a Liberal Democrat candidate for a council by-election in the summer, though he insisted it was to support democracy rather than the individual candidate.

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