David Munro

DAVID Munro, the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, has delivered a stinging attack on the Conservative leadership after he was expelled from the party.

Mr Munro said that if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal, “life will be easier for international criminals”.

Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro has been expelled from the Conservative Party after over 30 years as a member

He said a “no deal” exit would mean that “all the carefully negotiated arrangements, such as the European Arrest Warrant, will disappear and it will be difficult to replace them.”

The PCC was speaking to the News & Mail after receiving an email telling him he had been expelled from the party he joined more than 30 years ago.

“In these new intolerant days, I’m being accused of campaigning against Conservative candidates. This is a lie – I have never, in over 20 years’ service to the party, campaigned against the party. Most recently, I worked hard in the May 2019 local elections to help Conservatives all over the county,” he said.

The move follows his deselection as the Conservative candidate in the PCC elections in May next year after a secret ballot of Surrey party members in December.

“I decided it was no longer appropriate for me to belong to the Conservative association of PCCs. The association is informal and doesn’t have strict discipline. I joined the independent group, which has never met.

“I was told that by default I was campaigning against Conservative candidates,” Mr Munro said.

He campaigned for and voted Remain in the 2016 referendum, but said he accepted the result and thought the Withdrawal Agreement presented by former prime minister Theresa May was a good deal.

He said it would be “very undesirable” from a policing perspective to leave with no deal, adding “the police will make do – the police are good at that.”

“I am appalled by the shenanigans in Parliament. I will be offering to campaign for the three Surrey MPs expelled from the Conservatives standing as moderate Conservatives at the next general election.” He was referring to Guildford MP Anne Milton, former Chancellor Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge) and East Surrey MP Sam Gyimah.

Mr Munro said he was entitled to appeal against his expulsion from the Conservative Party “but I don’t want to belong to a club that doesn’t want me.”

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SCOUTS are getting extra support at events they run or take part in, thanks to the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner.

David Munro has presented the Surrey Scouts Event Support Team with a van which is being used as a control centre.

GIFT: Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro with members of Surrey Scouts Event Support Team and the van

The vehicle was previously used by police patrols using automatic vehicle number plate recognition (APNR) equipment on roads around the county.

It has been converted to house equipment providing support at both Scouting and community events such as the Ripley Bonfire.

The support team’s deputy manager, Callum Hawker, said: “We would like to thank the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner for his donation of the van, which has already been used at numerous events.

“It has radio and CCTV equipment for event control, first aid supplies, and a welfare area for the team to use. The convenience of all these things in one place makes it an ideal control room.”

Mr Munro commented: “It’s great to be of help and thanks for all you do for Scouting.”

More than 13,600 young people aged from six to 25 are involved in Surrey’s 176 Scout groups, which have 3,423 adult volunteers.

Each of the 18 districts in the county has its own support unit, which can call on the help of the Surrey Scouts Event Support Team.

The team’s services include providing first aiders and stewards and setting up a communications system.