The Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, has announced he will not stand for re-election next year.
Following a weekend of reflection I am today announcing that I will not be standing at the PCC election in May 2020. I hope this will enable everyone to now get behind the new Chief Constable Richard Lewis and support him as he takes forward robust plans to drive forward improvements.> For that to happen, it requires everyone to be pulling in the same direction and it has become clear to me that the current focus on me and calls for my resignation will not allow that to happen. Richard needs to be able to get on with the job without such distractions. Change is already well underway and in my remaining months in office and in meetings with the HMI I will do all I can to ensure that continues.
Mr Coppinger has been in his post since the role of Police and Crime Commissioner was created in 2012.
Police and Crime Commissioner elections are due to take place across the country in May 2020.