• Police and Crime Commissioner’s Association chairman welcomes the new Home Secretary
  • Amber Rudd has previous Cabinet experience as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
  • She fills the position previously occupied by the new Prime Minister
  • Theresa May ‘crucial’ to the introduction of PCCs

Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Martin Surl will be hoping to build a working relationship with the new Home Secretary Amber Rudd.


Amber Rudd MP, the new Home Secretary

Mr. Surl, who is also chairman of the Police and Crime Commissioners’ national association, said meeting Ms. Rudd will probably be a new experience for most PCCs.

He said, “Many commentators tipped Amber Rudd to become Home Secretary so her appointment comes as little surprise. But apart from her previous job as Secretary for Energy and Climate Change, I know little about her so I look forward to meeting her and hearing what ideas she has”

The MP for Hastings and Rye takes the post of Home Secretary vacated by Theresa May when she succeeded David Cameron as Prime Minister.

Mr. Surl, who joked he had been stood-up by Mrs. May when their scheduled meeting yesterday was cancelled to allow the new PM to keep her appointment with the Queen, said “I have met Mrs May on several occasions.

“She introduced PCCs and she has always been supportive of the role and determined to see it succeed. 

“Some of the other political parties have now withdrawn their opposition to PCCs so I hope we can look forward to a period of stability and that the new Home Secretary will be as supportive as her predecessor”.