Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Former Conservative PCC charged with disclosing information in case involving Conservative MP

From the Northants Herald & Post today:
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."

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