Former Ely mayor appointed to �28,000 deputy role

CAMBRIDGESHIRE’S new Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Graham Bright has seen his recommendation to appoint Ely’s Brian Ashton as his �28,000-a-year deputy approved.

The Police and Crime Panel approved the appointment of Mr Ashton, the Conservative former leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council, last week stating that is “a confident and capable person with a good history of public service”.

In his role as deputy, Mr Ashton will pocket thousands of pounds per year of taxpayers cash for two or three days a week work.

In its decision, the panel particularly noted Mr Ashton’s sound commercial experience and that he is “adept in dealing with budgets and these skills will inevitably add value to his role”.

Sir Graham said: “When I put Brian forward for the role it was because of his experience in the public sector and his head for business.

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“The skills we each bring are complementary and I think we will work very well together for the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. I am delighted that the Panel shares my enthusiasm for his appointment.”

Mr Ashton will now support Sir Graham in his duties and functions as commissioner.

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Mr Ashton said: “I am delighted to have been approved for this important role to support Sir Graham with a broad and varied agenda. I am committed to public service and am looking forward to working with Sir Graham and for the public.

“I note the Panel’s comments on the diversity of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. I will be working closely with Sir Graham, whose vast experience of working in Luton will inform our work to ensure that any issues are identified and addressed.”

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