£50,000 deputy for West Yorkshire crime tsar ‘is a waste of money’



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The decision by West Yorkshire’s “crime tsar” to appoint a £50,000-a-year deputy was a “waste of taxpayers’ money”, the chair of a local watchdog told MPs.

Alison Lowe, chair of West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel, said local Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson had not proven the need for a highly-paid deputy before appointing a local Labour Party member to the post.

Mr Burns-Williamson, a Labour politician, faced accusations of cronyism last April when he appointed Isabel Owen, the wife of the Labour Party’s regional director for Yorkshire, as his deputy. Opposition councillors described the appointment as “deeply flawed”.


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