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- West Mercia police and crime commissioner Bill Longmore is today facing calls to resign after councillors published a ‘no confidence’ motion in him.
- Worcestershire County Council’s Labour group wants the commissioner to quit, along with his deputy Barrie Sheldon.
- Tom Edwards is reporting live from the meeting now.
- Join the debate. Tweet using #BillWN or add a comment at the end of this story.
Not surprised that there are calls for West Mercias PCC Bill Longmore to resign. What do you expect if you give your best mate a £50k job— @TomKat_ 10 January 2013
There was also a strong feeling the legislation is in dire need of a shake-up the next time PCCs go to the polls— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
The general consensus over Bill Longmore was that he did wrong - but councillors did not want to embarrass him further by backing the motion— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
1:05pm Thu 17 Jan 13
I saw Bill Longmore on the BBC Midlands Today programme yesterday. It is now clear why he needs his deputy! He does not look up to the job. I wasn't expecting a well polished political party candidate groomed for the job, but I also wasn't expecting someone who carries himself with so little confidence and someone who appears to lack the drive necessary to make a difference. His Deputy's prime responsibility will be to keep nudging Mr Longmore during meetings to make sure he's still awake!
To his credit Barrie Sheldon does appear to be the sort of character who'll get things done and I'm sure he resents only getting £50k when his boss is on £75k.
Just shows up the lack of information that was available to allow an educated choice to be made between the candidates. Lessons need to be learnt for the next round of elections to ensure more media attention is given up front. It's certainly getting media attention now it's all gone wrong!
The result, it's fair to say will come as a major relief to the PCC— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
Just four councillors backed the motion, with 27 voting against and 18 abstaining— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
Notice of 'no confidence' in police and crime commissioner Bill Longmore is LOST— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
The Labour group all vote for the motion, but the motion is lost— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
So far the vast majority are abstaining or voting against it— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
Many councillors are abstaining from the vote - refusing to back it or reject it— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
We are now going to a vote— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
Alan Amos getting quite angry and says fellow politicians are guilty of saying one thing and "doing another"— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
We are going to a vote on the motion very soon - real difference of opinion over it— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
David Thain says "he's made a very poor start but we have to give him a chance to turn it around"— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
John Smith says the "character assassination" about Bill Longmore in the chamber is "disgraceful"— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
Lucy Hodgson also cites bad legislation, and says in four years time she hopes the rules will be different— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
Lucy Hodgson says South Wales and Derbyshire PCCs are appointing deputies via proper recruitment processes - "but it hasn't happened here"— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
Liz Tucker says we should "draw a line" and start afresh— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
Liz Tucker "the panel does not have teeth"— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
But she also says there is "character assassination" going on and that the motion is aimed at the wrong target— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
Fran Oborski said she voted for Bill Longmore and now regrets it, saying much of the 'condemnation is now right'— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
There's a strong anti-Longmore feeling in the chamber - but an even stronger one around the Government legislation on PCCs— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
Coun Clive Smith says the affair is "distasteful" but that "sloppy" legislation is to blame— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
Lib Dem Sue Askin disagrees and says "it is the legislation that is wrong, it is the legislation we should be attacking today"— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
McDonald: "It cannot be morally justified"— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
Peter McDonald: "It is seen as a reward for his help during the election campaign", saying Mr Longmore has "insulted every person" who voted— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
Hardman says "yet again, reputation of the police is being tarnished" but Longmore broke no laws— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
Hardman says Conservative and Labour PCCs have done exactly the same - so he's very angry, but won't back the motion— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
Adrian Hardman says he was appalled at Bill Longmore ignoring the panel's advice - but that the Government legislation is partly to blame— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
Council leader Adrian Hardman says he will NOT support the motion - more follows— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
Richard Udall says the PCC role has turned "into a farce"— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
Richard Udall says Bill Longmore is beginning to resemble "Corporal Jones", saying he's running around screaming "don't panic"— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
Amos says Bill Longmore has indulged in a "blatant, rampant self serving act of cronyism" and calls him "arrogant"— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013
It's fair to say Bill Longmore is getting an absolute kicking in the council chamber - Alan Amos says the deputy affair is "sorry and messy"— @tomedwardsWN 17 January 2013