Labour councillors postpone Police Commissioner questioning

Hull City Council’s Labour councillors have postponed a full council question time with the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Commissioner, Matthew Grove, had been due to attend the January 2016 meeting to answer councillors’ questions.

Many councillors and residents had raised concern about the findings of a report by Her Majesties Inspectorate of Constabularies.

The report had found problems with the management of Humberside Police and labelled it as ‘inadequate’.

The shock move by Labour councillors to delay the question time means that it is unlikely to take place before March – well after the Commissioner sets the next Police budget.

Leader of Hull’s opposition Lib Dem Group, Councillor Mike Ross, said:

"There are serious questions that need answering about the way Humberside Police is being run - but once again Labour bosses are trying to delay public scrutiny.

“Last year, when I and my Lib Dem colleagues pushed for answers in November they blocked the move - now they're trying to stop councillors raising the many genuine concerns that the public have in a public meeting. It isn't good enough."

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