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The new deputy police and crime commissioner for Hampshire has vowed not to repeat the mistakes of his predecessor, writes Local Democracy Reporter David George.

Portsmouth councillor Terry Norton has been confirmed as Donna Jones’ deputy, replacing Luke Stubbs who was forced to resign in February.

Mr Stubbs had come under heavy criticism after claiming that equality goals in the public sector “only benefit women and minorities”.

Terry Norton, the new Hampshire deputy PCC (56308112)
Terry Norton, the new Hampshire deputy PCC (56308112)

The comments were met with public outcry and official complaints, leading him to tender his resignation.

Mr Norton was selected by Mrs Jones to be her new right-hand-man, and at a police and crime panel meeting in Winchester, he was asked how he would handle the position differently to Mr Stubbs.

He said: “As a teacher, inclusion and diversity is something I have been teaching for two decades and I have always worked in that area.

“But the bottom line is I am appointed by the commissioner to represent her views, and in the last five or six years we have not really disagreed on anything – it’s important that we’re reading from the same hymn sheet.

“I don’t think there will be any problems at all – and ultimately I’ll be representing the commissioner and her office.”

Mrs Jones informed the panel that Cllr Norton will not be standing for re-election next year, and is stepping away from positions on city council committees to concentrate on the role.

He will also leave his teaching job.

Speaking on his appointment, Mr Norton said: “The hard work begins immediately – I’m ready to hit the ground running.

“It’s a huge honour and privilege. I’m Hampshire born and bred and delighted to serve the county. The commissioner and I share the same views and similar work ethic.

“I look forward to meeting police officers across Hampshire to deliver the commissioner’s police and crime plan.”

The pair have previously worked together in Portsmouth, when Mrs Jones was the leader of the Conservative group and city council leader.

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