Lancashire PCC Clive Grunshaw faces expenses probe

Lancashire PCC Clive Grunshaw Clive Grunshaw denies wilfully making any "untrue" claims

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Lancashire's police and crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw is facing questions about his expenses while a councillor and police authority member.

It follows a freedom of information request from Conservative councillor for Chorley South Sam Chapman.

The claims are being investigated at the request of Mr Grunshaw and were discussed at a scheduled meeting of the police and crime panel earlier.

He told the panel members he will "comply fully" with the investigation.

The police and crime panel, which scrutinises the work of the police and crime commissioner (PCC), received a complaint about his expenses and it referred it to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The Labour councillor, who lives in Fleetwood, said in a statement at the meeting: "Every expense claim I have made has been genuinely intentioned and related to my ward and police authority duties, so far as I was aware.

"At no point have I wilfully submitted claims which I know to be untrue."

Mr Grunshaw, who was elected as police and crime commissioner (PCC) on 16 November and is on a salary of £85,000 a year, said the allegations of discrepancies, regarding alleged overlaps in expenses claims, were presented to him on Friday.

He said: "I have requested that a full investigation is launched into these allegations. I welcome this and will comply fully with the investigative process."

Mr Chapman stood as the Conservative candidate for the PCC elections but Tim Ashton won the vote to become the Tories candidate.

Mr Ashton finished second to Mr Grunshaw.

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