• Tory owner of drain company is deputy commissioner
  • Taxpayer to shell out £175,000 for no police experience
  • Appointment part of growing ‘jobs for the boys’ culture

The Tory PCC for Humberside has employed a local councillor with no police experience as his £45,000 per-year deputy commissioner. Matthew Grove gave his ‘best mate’ Paul Robinson to the role despite criticism of an emerging ‘jobs for the boys’ culture in police commissioner appointments.

On the election trail, Grove told voters that he disagreed with deputy commissioner roles, describing working with both a chief constable and senior aide as “three in a bed”. Having handed the job to the managing director of a drain cleaning company, however, he now finds himself on the defensive:

“Being my deputy is a full-time job and not some political jolly. He will … help deliver my targets and manifesto pledges.”

Despite an  election pledge to “spend every penny wisely”, Commissioner Grove will throw at least £175,000 during his term at employing someone with no experience of the criminal justice system. With Osborne’s cuts meaning 440 Humberside officers are to be slashed, Grove could have saved the jobs of two junior constables.

The pair seems rather better qualified as a political hatchet men. Both were reportedly rebels in a “dirty dozen” coup attempt to oust their own leader on East Riding Council.

Scrapbook hopes Robinson realises that his job is to clean up crime … not drains.

  1. This really is a scandal. Matthew Grove’s resignation is long overrdue.

    If David Cameron had any courage, he would get rid of the lot of them.

  2. Anyone who lives here in East Yorkshire or North Lincolnshire knows this is how the tory maffia operate. We knew exactly what would happen. At least Prescott appointed if he was elected a man who had years and years of police experiance. Nothing changes.

  3. PMSL Remember collaboration between @psbook John Prescott and his supposed PR Guru, campaign manager son David Prescott to smear Grant Schapps.

    Review and check out @DavidPrescott Twitter exchanges with amongst others @Cllr_P_Robinson and I defy anyone to not smell a rat here.

    If this one hasn’t got #2prezzascountersmear written and reading all the way throught it; I will eat my Blackpool rock!!

  4. No courage at all in any way shape or form Patrick.
    ”spine” and ”less” is daves way of things.
    The people who voted for this eejit and his henchmen ought to be hanging their collective heads in shame right now. One would hope they and others do not make the same mistake in 2015!

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