POLICE COMMISSIONER: Local born Lee throws hat into ring for Tories

Pictured : PCC Candidates Lee Rotherham and Paul Gleeson. NA
Pictured : PCC Candidates Lee Rotherham and Paul Gleeson. NA

THE first candidate to throw their hat in the ring for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner is local born Lee Rotherham.

Mr Rotherham, who grew up in Gosberton Risegate, is bidding to be the man at the helm of the county’s force.

The controversial roles have attracted national attention, with former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott bidding for the job in Hull.

Mr Rotherham moved to Moulton and studied at Spalding Grammar School.

After university he returned to the local area working for Boston and Skegness MP Sir Richard Body – helping fight for the rights of local fishermen during his time in the role.

He now works part-time for skills minister John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings, and is a member of the Taxpayers’ Alliance.

Mr Rotherham, who is running for the Conservative Party, said: “Lincolnshire needs a police commissioner who will balance the books, support victims rather than criminals, stand up for officers in the pursuit of their duties, and bolster the bridge between the force and the community.

“The job is a new one and needs barrels of enthusiasm and innovation. It’s a hugely exciting role that could really change our streets for the better.”

He added that although a commissioner’s powers are limited he can still have an influence and make a real difference to people’s lives.

Mr Rotherham said he wants to establish ‘blue light committees’ to discuss plans of action between local authorities and low-level senior officers.

He also believes his experiences in Westminster will be of benefit.

These include advising front-benchers on various matters and dealing with justice and home affairs such as counter narcotics, metal thefts and working with charities on knife crime.