Police Commissioner will continue to ‘explore options’

Flick Drummond and Hants PCC Michael Lane Pic: Hants PCC

Michael Lane has said he will continue to “explore options” for “cost effective and value for money ways” to deliver in his role as Police and Crime Commissioner a day after his newly appointed deputy Flick Drummond stepped down from her £64,000 a year post.

The Commissioner and his Deputy have parted company by “mutual consent” just weeks after the former Conservative MP’s appointment.

Neither of them were willing to be interviewed yesterday but in a joint statement both Drummond and Lane said it had not been possible for them to build a “close” or “professional” relationship.

Eastleigh News asked the Commissioner if he would seek to appoint another Deputy.

In a statement released through his office Commissioner Lane did not rule the possibility out saying:

“I promised to be visible and accessible as PCC and that promise stands.   I will continue to explore options to maximise my reach and opportunities to hear from communities and I will challenge myself, as I do others, to deliver this in a cost effective and value for money way.”

Flick Drummond has said she will be concentrating on trying to win back the Portsmouth South seat she lost to Labour’s Stephen Morgan earlier in the year.