West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner steps down as councillor

The newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire is stepping down as a councillor in Castleford. Mark Burns-Williamson says his new role means he no longer has the time to devote to the job. In a letter to Wakefield Council he says it is now right and proper for him to step down:

Without the continued support and the hard work of many in the community I would not have been able to serve for nearly 15 years. I am proud to have had the privilege to work with others to achieve so much for our community. As Police and Crime Commissioner, I will continue to serve the people of Castleford and Glasshoughton and communities across West Yorkshire and I look forward to working closely with you to ensure people across the District have the policing and community safety that is right for them and their communities.

– Mark Burns-Williamson