John Ashton slams 'sense of entitlement from ex-ministers' over police commissioner jobs

By David Bartlett on Feb 14, 12 09:00 AM in Labour

john_ashton.jpgLabour party stalwart Professor John Ashton has slammed the process for selecting candidates for the police and crime commissioner job.

The former North West Regional Director of Public Health, and now director of public health for Cumbria, said many like himself were interested in standing but found the process is sown up by ex-ministers.

Prof Ashton who lives in Childwall has been a member of the party for 50 years.

"The problem it seems to me, about what is going on at the moment, is that the parties behave in ways that aver very monopolistic.

"You have got all these ex-ministers who have got this sense of entitlement that they should be able to walk into jobs.

Former ministers and ex-Liverpool MPs Jane Kennedy and Peter Kilfoyle are the frontrunners for the Labour party nomination for the police and crime commissioner elections in November.

"Modern politics is like smoke filled rooms, without the smoke," added Prof Ashton.

"There are lots of people like myself who have done other things in different walks of life who would like to contribute for a few years, drawing on extensive experience, but find that it's sown up.

"From a Labour party point of view, until they start listening to this they are not going to be in tune with the public mood.

"I am not saying that I am going to put my name in the hat, I am thinking about it at the moment."

He said he was in favour of directly elected positions, and their expansion into the health service.

"I have been in the Labour party for almost 50 years. The big problem with it, as with other parties, is they are run by cliques.

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