Liberal Democrats in Hampshire have selected their Hampshire candidate for May’s Police and Crime Commissioner elections. 

Richard Adair, a former police man who served for over 30 years in the police force, has been selected to challenge the Hampshire seat currently held by Independent Commissioner, Paul Hayes.

Paul Hayes won with 80,669 votes in 2012 (although he had received less than Conservative candidate, Michael Mates, in the first round of voting he succeeded in overtaking the Conservative candidate with transferred votes from the eliminated candidates in the second round) while the Lib Dem candidate, David Goodall, came fourth with just over 27,000 votes. 

The Liberal Democrats have made it party policy to abolish Police and Crime Commissioners, instead opting for previously functioning Police Authorities comprising local councillors. Will Richard Adair, a veteran of the force, be able to achieve victory in May? If so, he would undoubtedly be campaigning for his own role to be abolished.