Ministers defeated in Lords over police reforms plan
- Published on Thursday, 12 May 2011 09:14
- Posted by Scott Buckler
The government has suffered a surprise defeat in the House of Lords over its plans for directly elected police commissioners in England and Wales (May 12th)
Peers backed a Lib Dem amendment, by 188 votes to 176, blocking the idea.
Critics had warned that the plans could do "irreparable damage" to the police service by putting too much power in the hands of one person.
The Home Office said the policy had been backed by both coalition partners and they would seek to proceed with it.
The plan for directly elected police and crime commissioners, which would replace elected police authorities in England and Wales - excluding London - is one of the government's flagship crime and policing policies.
Source: BBC News