Surrey

Nick O'Shea named as Lib Dem Surrey Crime Commissioner candidate

The Liberal Democrats have selected their candidate to stand for Police Crime Commissioner in Surrey.

Nick O'Shea is a businessman and former Mole Valley District Councillor.

Magistrate Julie Iles was named earlier in the month as the Conservative Party candidate, as was Labour's nominee, the former MEP Robert Evans.

Commissioners, to be elected in England and Wales in November, will oversee the work of police, which ministers say will make forces more accountable.

Opponents of the policy argue it will politicise the police.

Independent candidates who have decided to stand include a former soldier, Paul Clarke, and the chairman of the Surrey Police Authority, Peter Williams.

Police Crime Commissioners will replace police authorities in 41 areas in November.

They will have powers to hire and fire chief constables, set police force budgets and commission some criminal justice services.

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