A SPALDING-educated veteran in European politics, who once handcuffed himself outside a police station in protest at red tape removing officers from the street, wants to become a champion of victims of crime.
Former Spalding Grammar School student Dr Lee Rotherham is standing for the new role of Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire.
Having written books on combating waste in public sector spending, he says he is the best man to explore ways of developing dedicated local manpower on a tight budget.
The job, which will start in November, is being financed out of the 3.6 per cent rise in Lincolnshire Police Authority’s element of the council tax. This will cost the average taxpayer an extra £ 7.11 a year – or 14p a week – for policing.
Dr Rotherham said: “The role of PCC is a new one and this makes the role an exciting one since, with ingenuity and perseverance, it is possible to make a real difference to people’s lives.”
Dr Rotherham grew up in Gosberton Risegate before his family moved to Moulton. He attended Spalding Grammar School and is a graduate of the University of London. After university, he worked for Boston and Skegness MP Sir Richard Body and currently has a part-time role with Spalding MP John Hayes’ team.
As well as constituency work, he has advised on national policy issues.