BEERGATE: Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen’s 7 week silence is deafening

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The job of a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account.

So why has Durham’s PCC Joy Allen been silent for almost 7 weeks and why are we still waiting for Durham Police to do their job?

It was nearly seven weeks ago on the 7th May 2022 Labour’s PCC Joy Allen issued the following statement on her website:

“Durham Constabulary has confirmed that following new information it is investigating potential breaches of Covid-19 regulations at a gathering in Durham City on April 30 2021.

“I was not at this event and it would therefore be inappropriate to comment about it. This is entirely an operational matter for the force and one in which I have had absolutely no involvement. I do not, and will not, interfere with the operational independence of the Constabulary.”

Does Joy Allen not know what her job description is?

Let’s help her out… the role of a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is “to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account.”

Joy Allen is responsible for the totality of policing in the Durham area so she most certainly should be chasing this up and communicating to the people. The nation is waiting.

Perhaps she should take a look at the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners website and refresh herself as to her role and job responsibilities:

We all know Labour leader Keir Starmer campaigned for Joy whose force has so far refused to fine him over Beergate. Starmer even recorded a video endorsing Labour’s Joy Allen when she ran for election.

Questions are being asked… is that why she’s not getting involved and not doing her job? Or is it because there’s a by-election tomorrow?

Of course Starmer has taken the very unprofessional, virtue signalling move of saying he will resign if he’s fined which has also piled added pressure on the force.

So PCC Joy, we don’t expect you to get involved in the operational aspect of the investigation but we do expect you to hold the police to account and communicate to the people. Updates please.

By Claire Bullivant

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