Richard Rhodes selected as Conservative candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner
Richard Rhodes, who has been a headmaster, a magistrate for many years, and is currently chairman of Cumbria's probation service, was adopted last night as the Conservative candidate to be Cumbria's first Police and Crime Commissioner.
Having asked everyone at the meetings concerned not to blog or tweet about this until the official announcement had been made, I can confirm that this news was officially released last night.
Richard was selected by the combined votes of Conservative party members attending two meetings, one at the Low Wood Bay hotel at Windemere on Thursday night, and one last night at Mungrisdale.
There was a strong field of applicants to be the candidate for this important post, and we had to turn down at each stage of the process other people with strong credentials, but Richard impressed me and evidently a clear majority of the people present at each selection event: he won on the first count.
The election will be on 15th November. If Richard is elected I am certain he will be an excellent commissioner.