Lone woman in policing group

Malvern Gazette: CHIEF: PCC Bill Longmore. CHIEF: PCC Bill Longmore.

THE selection of six people to become the ‘eyes and ears’ of West Mercia’s police and crime commissioner (PCC) has come under fire for being “too narrow”.

Councillor Lynn Denham said she was concerned there was only one woman – Gwyneth Gill for Herefordshire – named as one of the six community ambassadors.

The other five are former Droitwich mayor, Coun Richard Morris for south Worcestershire, Michael Layton for north Worcestershire, Sajid Wounis for Telford and Wrekin and Graham Oliver for Shropshire.

Chris Mair, from Upton-upon-Severn was announced as the sixth, and will cover communications.

All six ambassadors will act on behalf of West Mercia’s PCC Bill Longmore and will act as a middle man between him and the public.

Deputy PCC, Barrie Sheldon, told West Mercia’s Police and Crime Panel the selection process had been moving along “quite nicely” and they were only waiting for a couple more references but could not see any problems.

But Coun Denham questioned the make-up of the group, saying it seemed “too narrow”.

“I am pleased to see at least one female ambassador but I am concerned there are not more,” she said. “It seems to be extremely narrow and that is a concern.”

Admitting that they had a “limited pool” of applicants to choose from, Mr Sheldon said all the ambassadors had a good spread of experience.

He said: “We didn’t have that many applicants to choose from, but we ended up with some excellent people.

“We had to choose from what we had got but we are very pleased with the mix of experience including the ethnic mix we have.

“It was an open and transparent procedure.”

The six were introduced to Mr Longmore during a session at police headquarters and an official announcement on the appointments will be made soon.

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12:57pm Thu 12 Dec 13

lilboo says...

Yet more delegation from Mr Longmore - what exactly is HE doing for his money in his utterly pointless, waste of money role??
Yet more delegation from Mr Longmore - what exactly is HE doing for his money in his utterly pointless, waste of money role?? lilboo

1:17pm Thu 12 Dec 13

CJH says...

This needs to be put into context - how many women actually applied, compared to men? Yes, it should be about 50% to correspond to the population split, but if only about 16% of the applicants were women, then 1 out of 6 is the 'correct' percentage. If it's much more than that, then questions should be asked. The broader question should be why didn't more women apply? What stopped them, and why did they not think they would be chosen?
This needs to be put into context - how many women actually applied, compared to men? Yes, it should be about 50% to correspond to the population split, but if only about 16% of the applicants were women, then 1 out of 6 is the 'correct' percentage. If it's much more than that, then questions should be asked. The broader question should be why didn't more women apply? What stopped them, and why did they not think they would be chosen? CJH

1:50pm Thu 12 Dec 13

canuck7 says...

lilboo wrote:
Yet more delegation from Mr Longmore - what exactly is HE doing for his money in his utterly pointless, waste of money role??
Sir,, good point. the phrase "chocolate teapot" and "jobworth" springs too mind......
[quote][p][bold]lilboo[/bold] wrote: Yet more delegation from Mr Longmore - what exactly is HE doing for his money in his utterly pointless, waste of money role??[/p][/quote]Sir,, good point. the phrase "chocolate teapot" and "jobworth" springs too mind...... canuck7

8:29pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Harry Callaghan says...

Apart from employing his mate and wasting more money on pointless exercises like this what has Bill Longmore achieved?
As far as I can see, absolutely nothing.
I mistakenly voted for him. I will not be doing so again.
Apart from employing his mate and wasting more money on pointless exercises like this what has Bill Longmore achieved? As far as I can see, absolutely nothing. I mistakenly voted for him. I will not be doing so again. Harry Callaghan

1:55am Fri 13 Dec 13

TinFoilHat says...

Is this not a step 'backwards' to the WMP Authority days of pre-PCC?
Is this not a step 'backwards' to the WMP Authority days of pre-PCC? TinFoilHat

9:00pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Jabbadad says...

They should be chosen by Ability not Gender.
They should be chosen by Ability not Gender. Jabbadad

12:07am Sat 14 Dec 13

PrivateSi says...

I didn't read the article because the headline sounded to KINKY...
I didn't read the article because the headline sounded to KINKY... PrivateSi

7:23am Sat 14 Dec 13

Deepdiver says...

Two things. The process is new, there will be an inordinate amount of 'teething problems' which will undoubtedly cause frustration and disillusionment. This shouldn't, however, distract one from seeing the potential for good that the office of the PCC provides.
Secondly I think there is little doubt that Mr Longmore was the wrong person for the job, but as an independent, in the face of so much backlash against political party interference, he was hobsons choice. I think next time he will be out and a more capable candidate will most probably emerge.
Two things. The process is new, there will be an inordinate amount of 'teething problems' which will undoubtedly cause frustration and disillusionment. This shouldn't, however, distract one from seeing the potential for good that the office of the PCC provides. Secondly I think there is little doubt that Mr Longmore was the wrong person for the job, but as an independent, in the face of so much backlash against political party interference, he was hobsons choice. I think next time he will be out and a more capable candidate will most probably emerge. Deepdiver
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