And so I asked the police authority (after they had confirmed he had not resigned from the body) a series of follow up questions:
In the six weeks or so since Cllr Stansfeld was publicly declared as the Conservative Party candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner (Reading Chronicle 15 July) for example) has he
a) Received an allowance for that period?
b) Claimed any expenses during this period?
c) Had access to information that would not be available to an ordinary member of the public?
d) Had access to police officers and staff (especially Chief and senior officers) that would not be available to an ordinary member of the public?
e) Had any meetings where the Chief Constable was present (excluding full Police Authority meetings)?
And furthermore, are there any national (APA / Home Office??) guidelines on whether police authority members, once declared as candidates, should resign from the that Police Authority?
I received this reply this morning:
Whilst Mr Stansfeld is a member of the Police Authority, and for the purposes of fulfilling the role and responsibilities of a member, he is entitled to be treated in the same way as any other Police Authority member in relation to allowances, expenses, receipt of papers for meetings and access to police officers and staff including the Chief Constable and other senior officers. This may involve the provision of information which is not publicly available.
The Home Office has confirmed that nominations for candidates to stand for election will open on 8 October 2012 and close on 19 October 2012. Resignation as a member of a Police Authority is necessary before signing the official declaration of candidacy form; there is no requirement to resign before then.