Police commissioner says he will not resign after court ruling

Ch Con Neil Rhodes with new Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick.

Ch Con Neil Rhodes with new Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick.

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Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick says he will not resign following the reinstatement of the county’s Chief Constable.

Mr Hardwick says he accepts a court’s decision to reinstate Chief Constable Neil Rhodes, who was suspended by Mr Hardwick in February, but would not be resigning as a result. It was alleged Mr Rhodes helped a senior Muslim lawyer from West Yorkshire Police pursue a claim of racial discrimination “which he knew to be a contrivance”.

On Thursday a judge in Manchester ruled the decision to suspend Mr Rhodes as “irrational and perverse”.

Mr Hardwick said he accepted the judge’s decision. He said: “The rules governing PCCs don’t really envisage this sort of thing, there is more guidance needed.

In the meantime, it would appear that if PCCs make any decisions at all, they are going to have to be looking over their shoulder because this decision has been made by a judge.”

Mr Rhodes said he will now return to work. Speaking on Thursday outside the High Court in Manchester where he lodged his judicial review, he said: “I’m very pleased with the decision of the judge today who has declared my suspension irrational, perverse and therefore unlawful.”