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PCC and former chief to appear before MP committee

Ian Johnston was elected Gwent's Police and Crime Commissioner last year Credit: ITV News

Gwent's Police and Crime Commissioner and Gwent Police's former chief constable will appear before the Home Affairs Select Committee in London later.

A row broke out last month when it emerged that Ian Johnston had ordered Carmel Napier to 'retire or be removed.'

Both parties will give their side of events that led to Mrs Napier's departure at the meeting in Westminister this afternoon.

Former Chief Constable Carmel Napier Credit: ITV News

More questions on why Gwent police chief forced out

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent says the force is "in a better place" without the Chief Constable.

Earlier this month, Ian Johnston admitted telling Carmel Napier to retire or face being pushed out.

Both are due to be questioned by a group of MPs on the circumstances surrounding Mrs Napier's exit from the force.

PCC aims to appoint new Chief Constable in autumn

Ian Johnston has told Gwent Police and Crime Panel that he wants to hold interviews for the force's new Chief Constable in September, a shortlist will be submitted to the panel in October, with the hope that a new appointment will be confirmed in November.

He said the costs associated with the legal advice he got over whether he could give Carmel Napier an ultimatum to leave have not been finally confirmed, but "will be reasonable."

He said her retirement was "in line with contractual agreements", and there was "no confidentiality agreement" signed.

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