Cuts split Hampshire’s police and crime commissioner candidates

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A ROW over cuts has erupted between two candidates standing to be Hampshire’s police and crime commissioner.

Labour choice, and former Hampshire Police Authority chair, Jaquie Rayment has said 153 frontline officers have already been lost across the county and if elected she will oppose further cuts.

She said: ‘I won’t stand by and let Tories and Liberal Democrats become cheerleaders for police cuts.’

But Conservative candidate and former East Hampshire MP Michael Mates labelled her comment ‘misleading’.

He said: ‘The government are protecting the front line.

‘The Labour party have already endorsed cuts to the force. Their scaremongering deliberately misleads the public.’

The commissioner vote will take place on November 15.