Katy Bourne re-selected by Tories to fight 2020 Sussex PCC election

Sussex PCC Katy Bourne pictured last month. Photo by Jon Rigby
Sussex PCC Katy Bourne pictured last month. Photo by Jon Rigby

Katy Bourne has been re-selected by the Conservatives to fight the 2020 Police and Crime Commissioner election in Sussex.

The role of PCC was created in 2012 to replace the abolished police authorities as a way of improving public accountability.

Mrs Bourne was first elected in November 2012, finishing well ahead of the second-place Labour candidate.

She was then re-elected in May 2016 gaining more first preference votes but polling a similar share of the vote after second preferences were counted.

The Conservatives re-selected Mrs Bourne as their candidate to contest the next Sussex PCC election, due to be held in May 2020, at a meeting in Lancing last night (Monday October 16).

Afterwards she tweeted: “Delighted to be re-selected tonight by Conservative members across Sussex to be their PCC candidate for forthcoming election May 2020 - a huge privilege & honour to have their continued support.”

Brandon Lewis, chairman of the Conservative Party, tweeted: “Congratulations Katy Bourne great news and look forward to working with you on re election.”

Rob Lee, Conservative group leader on Hastings Borough Council, added: “It was an honour to come and support you Katy, congratulations!”

Ginny Heard, a Mid Sussex district councillor, added: “Delighted that Katy Bourne has been re-selected tonight as the Police and Crime Commissioner candidate for Sussex by Conservative members across Sussex. Well done Katy!”