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Beleaguered Kent police commissioner Ann Barnes vows to stand for next election despite bruising at Kent and Medway Crime Panel

06 June 2014
by Paul Francis
Kent's under-fire police commissioner has vowed to stand for the next election - despite a mauling over her appearance in a widely-ridiculed TV documentary.
 
A defiant Ann Barnes said she was not worried by what her political opponents would say about her track record when the next election is held.
 
Many believe it will be virtually impossible for her to recover any credibility after a series of gaffes and PR disasters.
 
Police commissioner Ann Barnes appears before the Kent and Medway Crime Panel

Police commissioner Ann Barnes appears before the Kent and Medway Crime Panel

 
Her commitment to stand again came after she endured an uncomfortable grilling by an independent panel about the TV documentary Meet The Commissioner.
 
She said: "It is my intention to stand. I still have two years to go and I have a lot to do."
 
Asked if recent crises, culminating in revelations about her new youth commissioner Kerry Boyd, had handed ammunition to potential rivals, she said: "Well, people judge you on the years you work and what you achieve in those years.
 
"I have delivered on all my policing promises. My opponents can talk about what they like.
 
"I do think I am the right person for the job. I do deliver."
 
Staring at a flipchart, Ann Barnes struggles to explain the onion theory in the Channel 4 documentary

Staring at a flipchart, Ann Barnes struggles to explain the "onion" theory in the Channel 4 documentary

 
Mrs Barnes appeared before the Kent and Medway Crime Panel yesterday, when she vowed to fight on in her £85,000 a year job after a tumultuous week that saw her facing widespread calls to quit.
 
She endured an uncomfortable near two-hour grilling over her decision to take part in a fly-on-the-wall TV documentary that was ridiculed as a public relations car crash.
And her office was rocked by claims concerning her new youth commissioner Kerry Boyd.
 
The 20-year-old was reported to have had a relationship with a married father-of-two 30 years her senior who is a former councillor.
 
The allegations are now the subject of an inquiry by Mrs Barnes' office.

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