On 28th June 2017 the Leicester Mercury published an article about the Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach wearing a uniform. The uniform issue does not interest me but the mention of Andy Furlong who was described as “a policy advisor in the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner” certainly does. The article reported that a spokesperson for the Commissioner’s office said, “Andy Furlong has worked as a policy advisor, on a part time basis, to the Police and Crime Commissioner since October 2016.” The previous Police and Crime Commissioner appears not have required the services of a Policy Advisor.
In regard to the post of “Policy Advisor”, could you please tell me;
1. The official job title.
2. When, where and how this new post was advertised.
3. The annual salary for the post.
4. If the post is of a part time nature, the number of hours per week worked.
5. The weekly remuneration for the actual hours worked.
Could you supply me with;
6. A copy of the job description.
7. A copy of the person specification.
8. The number of candidates short-listed for the job broken down by gender and race.
9. Copies of the PCC’s policies to which Mr Furlong has made a contribution. If these have yet to be committed to paper, a
general description of the subject areas for which Mr Furlong has made a significant contribution will suffice.
Can you confirm or refute that the Andy Furlong named and pictured in the article is the same Andy Furlong who is/was;
10. Since 1999 the Head of External Relations for the Institute of Chemical Engineers, a registered charity based in Rugby.
11. A Labour Party activist since his time as a Student Union leader at Brunel University in 1980-83.
12. A failed Labour Party candidate in the Parliamentary elections in 1997 and 2001.
13. Since 5 December 2015 the Chairman of the Labour Party’s East Midland Regional Board.
14. A member of the Labour Party’s National Policy Forum.
My understanding is that the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 determines that all PCC’s staff posts, except the PCC and Deputy PCC, are “politically restricted posts”. If that is the case, could you explain;
15. How Mr Furlong can be employed by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
16. As an employee of the Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner, how Mr Furlong could have been allowed to
become actively involved in canvassing for the Labour Party during the run up to the 2017 General election.