Northamptonshire's first ever Police and Crime Commissioner appeared in court today ... accused of passing information about Wellingborough MP Peter Bone.
Adam Simmonds, aged 39, denied disclosing information relating to a criminal investigation into the Conservative MP when he appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court.Simmonds was elected in 2012 and stood down at the PCC elections earlier this year.
The Herald & Post goes on to quote the words of the prosecuting counsel:
"This is a case relating to the disclosure of information regarding a criminal investigation into a then and current Member of Parliament.
"This was done by this defendant having received information in his capacity as Police and Crime Commissioner and passing it to a number of colleagues in the Conservative Party between the dates that we have heard.
"It is plainly serious to disclose this information and plainly in breach of trust as a public servant, as he received this information in a professional capacity."