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Yet Again, Tory PCC Candidate Charlie Chirico Bows Out

Published on: 12 Jan, 2021
Updated on: 14 Jan, 2021

Charlie Chirico’s campaign website, still to be taken down

For a second time, Charlie Chirico has withdrawn as Conservative candidate for Surrey’s next Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

In a press release today (January 12) Ms Chirico said: “Like many people, the coronavirus pandemic has had big impacts on my personal circumstances, including employment and family life, and sadly I feel I am no longer able to give the full commitment needed to best serve the residents of Surrey.

“I would like to thank the party and all those who have shown me great support, empathy and respect over the past two years.”

PCC David Munro

A criminal lawyer and former parliamentary candidate, she was first selected as PCC candidate in March 2019 following deselection of incumbent David Munro.

He failed to make it through to the final “run-off” round of selection after Tory dissatisfaction over his handling of various matters, including Travellers and drug crime in Surrey.

See also: David Munro Deselected As Tory Police Commissioner Candidate

But when the pandemic caused postponement of the PCC election (originally due in May 2020), Ms Chirico told Tory officials that due to work commitments, she could no longer commit to the role for a further year.

Then before the selection process could begin again, Ms Chirico said her circumstances had changed favourably and she would join the campaign. In September 2020, senior Conservative officials decided to re-adopt her.

Election of a new PCC was due this May, alongside Surrey County Council elections. Now, due to the pandemic and concerns over campaigning and voting safety, the government is considering a delay.

Length of such is unclear, as is whether the possibility of yet another long delay contributed to Ms Chirico’s final decision.

Surrey’s Conservative officials will now consider the selection process to adopt a new PCC candidate, although the practicalities of full member participation during the pandemic are also unclear.

Mr Munro remains as PCC until the next election.

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