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Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson has reacted angrily to an attempt by Cambridgeshire Chief Constable Julie Spence to prevent his criticism of Cambridgeshire Constabulary - after she wrote to the Conservative Chief Whip in Parliament to complain about Mr Jackson's criticisms of some aspects of the force's performance.

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The move is unprecedented and comes in the form of a letter sent to Conservative Chief Whip in the House of Commons, Rt Hon Patrick McLouglin MP dated 19th December 2006 and pits the elected Member of Parliament against an unelected public official.

Stewart Jackson said: “Mrs Spence is clearly unhappy about receiving any criticism and is obviously a little over sensitive.

“Where the force is doing well, it wins my strong backing but reported crime in Peterborough is very nearly twice the level for the rest of Cambridgeshire and at the same time the number of full time police officers in our area has been cut. I therefore have a right to speak out and demand a better service on behalf of local people.

“I believe that she has broken established protocol by seeking to curtail the right of an elected local MP to speak up on behalf of his constituents. As the son and brother of police officers, I am aiming fire at the politically-correct bosses and not the dedicated bobby on the beat.

“I have advised Mrs Spence by letter that any future conduct of this sort will result in a formal complaint to Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary."

Stewart Jackson was elected in May 2005 to represent the Peterborough constituency in the House of Commons. To find out more about him, his views and activities, visit his website at www.stewartjackson.org.uk

January 2007

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