Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner clashes with MP over amalgamation


ROW: Crispin Blunt and Kevin Hurley have disagreed over the best way to manage Surrey’s police force

By Dorking Advertiser  |  Posted: July 20, 2015

A WAR of words has broken out between Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner and a senior Surrey MP.

Kevin Hurley clashed with Reigate MP, and former prisons minister, Crispin Blunt, during a radio debate last week on the issue of regionalising police forces.

Mr Hurley claimed Mr Blunt “hasn’t got a clue”, riling the MP who questioned the commissioner’s ability to do his job. Mr Hurley countered, branding Mr Blunt “ignorant”.

Mr Hurley believes the current system of 43 separate police forces in England in Wales is nonsensical and Surrey and others should amalgamate to create larger regional organisations – a move he says will save £2 billion.

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