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Ex MP could be commissioner

Former MP Michael Mates Photo: ITV Meridian

It would be a remarkable political comeback. Michael Mates, the former Hampshire MP, wants to become the county's new police commissioner. He's down to the final two on the Tory shortlist.

Mr Mates was a Northern Ireland minister in John Major's government, and won a reputation as an expert in security matters. He resigned after sending the controversial tycoon Asil Nadir a watch as a gift - with the inscription 'Don't let the b*****s get you down'. His resignation speech led to one of the most spectacular confrontations between an MP and a Speaker, as it degenerated into a slanging match between Mr Mates and Betty Boothroyd.

If Mr Mates is chosen as the Tory candidate for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, he will be the clear favourite in the police commissioner election, which will be held in November.


The final two selected are Michael Mates and Donna Jones a local councillor and magistrate.

For more information about the new job role and what it means for Hampshire and the isle of Wight you can visit the Hampshire Police Authority website.