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MPs to quiz Brunstrom on spending
Richard Brunstrom
Richard Brunstrom is one of the UK's most high-profile policemen
North Wales Police chief constable Richard Brunstrom is to be questioned by MPs about the force's spending.

Mr Brunstrom was criticised by three north Wales Labour MPs and accused of ignoring requests to meet them.

Mark Tami, MP for Alyn and Deeside, said that Mr Brunstrom had now agreed to meet them on 29 November.

It is understood they will question him about proposals for a mounted police unit and the cost of the force's newspaper, Y Glas (The Blue).

The force recently announced it was cutting 120 civilian jobs because of a 3m funding shortfall and a possible cap on council tax rises.

Mr Tami had then accused Mr Brunstrom of wasting money on self-promotion, costly gimmicks and internal witchhunts and said money would be better spent on front-line services.

Wrexham MP Ian Lucas had also claimed the chief constable refused to meet the north Wales Labour group in Westminster, while his colleague Albert Owen, MP for Ynys Mon, said Mr Brunstrom was "scaremongering".

Mr Brunstrom did not comment personally on the claims, but the force denied them, pointing out it had recently been graded "excellent" for managing resources.

Mark Tami MP
MP Mark Tami wants to discuss "financial problems"

Mr Tami said: "We urgently need to meet with the chief constable to discuss financial problems within the force and I am pleased he has agreed to see us later this month.

"I and my colleagues are absolutely determined to fight for every police officer and backroom staff job within the force.

"As part of this, we will be pushing for a review of spending priorities."

It is understood the MPs will question Mr Brunstrom about the force's newspaper, distributed to homes across the region at a cost of about 180,000.

A North Wales Police spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that a meeting has been arranged between the chief constable, the police authority and the north Wales group of Labour MPs.

"The date and content of the meeting are yet to be confirmed."

She added: "Due to budget cuts and changing policing demands, the entire financing and structure of the force in 2007 is under review.

"No firm decisions have yet to be taken but we can confirm that creation of a small mounted unit is under active consideration."




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