Convicted councillor resumes bid for Cambridgeshire's first police and crime commissioner

A recently convicted cyclist is back in the running to stand as Cambridgeshire’s first police and crime commissioner.

Cllr Shona Johnstone was last week found guilty of cycling without due care and attention, but is to stand in the battle to be the Conservative candidate for the top job.

A serving councillor and Cambridgeshire Police Authority member, she was fined £350 and ordered to pay £140 costs by magistrates.

But after the shock resignation last week of John Pye, who was to stand as the Tory candidate, Cllr Johnstone is now vying to take his place.

She tweeted last night: “I am seeking the Conservative nomination for police and crime commissioner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

“I have lived and worked in Cambridgeshire for most of my life and over the last 12 months, friends and colleagues have persuaded me that I am the right person for the job.”

The councillor refused to comment further, but set out her manifesto on her website.

It promises to “keep costs down”, “respond to local needs” and vowed not to “sit behind a desk”.

A meeting of Conservatives in Burgess Hall, St Ives, on Friday, will choose the party’s candidate.

After the verdict at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, Cllr Johnstone said she would not be reviving her bid to become Cambridgeshire’s first police commissioner, as the News reported.

Her attempt to be selected as the Conservative candidate for the post ended in failure after the allegations emerged.

But the dramatic stand down by Mr Pye, from Alconbury Weston, means the race is once again open for a Tory candidate to stand in the election on November 15 this year.

Candidates are barred from standing if they have committed an imprisonable offence.

But Cllr Johnstone’s offence of cycling without due and attention on February 23 is only punishable by a fine of up to £1,000, meaning she is not barred from standing for the £70,000-a-year job.

Magistrates cleared Johnstone of criminal damage after rejecting claims she had stopped riding to punch the mirror off.

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