Weston 'disillusioned' by Police Commissioner role

Simon Weston
Simon Weston announced he was out of the race this morning Photo: Johnny Green/PA Wire

Falkland's veteran Simon Weston, who originally said he could "bring something different" to the role of Police and Crime Commissioner in south Wales, has pulled out of the elections.

Mr Weston announced he was out of the race on Twitter this morning.

He said he "became disillusioned by the fact [the role] was getting too political".

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With regret pulling out of the PCC role for S Wales.Became disillusioned by the fact it was getting 2 political & not serving the people.

There was confusion over whether Simon Weston could apply for the role after it was revealed he held a criminal conviction from when he was a teenager. The Home Secretary, Theresa May, however, overturned rules surrounding the vacancy and allowed him to enter.

The £70,000-per-year role involves organising police budgets, deciding policing priorities and hiring chief constables. The results of the elections will be announced in November.