POLICE COMMISSIONER: Dr Lee makes three-man Conservative shortlist

A MAN from Gosberton Risegate has made the final three for the Conservative Party commissioner shortlist.

Dr Lee Rotherham, who works for the Taxpayers Alliance and South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes, now faces party hustings in a bid to secure the final nomination.

Dr Rotherham says he is aware of the crime issues affecting Boston, including a higher-than-average number of thefts from cars.

Dr Rotheram told The Standard: “I am delighted to be able to speak up for south Lincolnshire on the Conservative shortlist. The commissioner needs to be a powerful voice for local needs and concerns.”

He has recently worked with MEPs to author a book entitled ‘The EU in a Nutshell: Everything you wanted to know about the European Union but didn’t know who to ask’ and criticised Labour’s Phil Dilks for labelling commissioners a ‘daft idea’.

He said: “That goes to show you shouldn’t elect somebody who doesn’t even want the role.

“I believe the right candidate will be a critical link between police, the criminal justice system and volunteers who look after victims of crime.”

Boston borough councillor Elliott Fountain has also declared he will contest the commissioner election, which takes place on November 15.

The Liberal Democrat party nationally is not chosing to fight for the roles, which it opposes.

A spokesman told The Standard that some candidates may be selected, with a decision to be taken by local party members in each area.