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Michael Mates and Donna Jones through to the final round of the Conservative Hampshire Police & Crime Commissioner selection

The final two Conservatives hoping to become the party's new Police Commissioner candidate for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have been chosen in a public vote.

In a move that is unique for the party nationally, around 400 people from the public, who registered to attend, heard a shortlist of six candidates address them at Ferneham Hall in Fareham on Saturday.

Mr Mates, a former Member of Parliament for 36 years from Winchester and Ms Jones a local councillor and magistrate from Cosham in Portsmouth, won the most votes. Theynow go forward for party members to decide who will be the candidate in the poll for the brand new role to be held on 15th November this year.

Tory co-ordinator for the process, Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery, said: “It was great that so many members of the public decided to come and take part in the public part of the selection process.

“This is a very important and high-profile role, so it was only right that the public had some input on who might be the new police commissioner. I wish Michael & Donna the best of luck.”

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