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Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion has welcomed James Cleverly MP being appointed Secretary of State for the Home Department.

PCC said: “I welcome the change of direction by the Prime Minister in appointing James Cleverly MP as the new Home Secretary.

“It’s clear policing’s operational independence, supported and held to account by directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners on behalf of communities, is a central tenant of our system of policing. It is vital we maintain the unique contract of consent between the police and the public to safeguard the world class model of policing we have in the UK.

“I look forward to working with the new Home Secretary by ensuring the voices of local communities across West Mercia are heard by the Government and play a role in the future of policing on a national level.”