Ex-chief eyes new role

Med Hughes
Med Hughes

FORMER South Yorkshire Chief Constable Med Hughes has put his name forward to become the county’s first Police and Crime Commissioner.

Mr Hughes, who stepped down from leading the force in October after seven years, is seeking a nomination from the Labour Party for the election in November.

Commissioners are being brought in to replace police authorities, on which councillors currently oversee the way forces are funded and perform. They will have the power to hire and fire chief constables.

Mr Hughes, who has previously suggested that the creation of Police Commissioners was “a mistake”, said: “While I may be unskilled in the process of elections, I certainly know my way around the local political structure.

“I think I am better placed than some of the other candidates to represent South Yorkshire on the national stage and to fight our corner in Westminster.”

Mr Hughes said if he was elected, he would not interfere with the operational decisions made by his replacement, David Crompton.