Gosport MP backs police plans

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GOSPORT MP Caroline Dinenage has backed plans for an elected police commissioner in Hampshire.

The government wants to scrap police authorities and replace them with elected individuals.

Mrs Dinenage voiced her support for the plans during a debate in the House of Commons on Monday.

She also attacked police authorities for not putting more officers on streets.

Mrs Dinenage said: ‘The shockingly wasteful and misdirected practices overseen by our weak and unaccountable police authorities will not be supported by the public vote.

‘A directly-elected police commissioner will be compelled by their democratic mandate to deliver the visibility that people expect while keeping costs under control.’

The government hopes the first commissioners could be elected in November 2012.