West Midlands UKIP MEP James Carver is writing to Labour's newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner challenging him to look into the recent completion of a multi-million pound contract outsourcing services at the West Midlands police authority.
Mr Carver said: “During the course of the PCC election campaign we heard various misleading comments from Labour Party supporters, wrongly suggesting that UKIP are somehow in favour of privatising the police.
“Following Bob Jones’ tragic passing, whilst the police authority leadership was in limbo and under the guidance of unelected Labour deputy PCC, Yvonne Mosquito, a huge outsourcing (or privatisation) service contract, running into tens of million pounds in value, was signed.
“I congratulate David Jamieson on his election as the new West Midlands PCC, but trust that he understands my concerns that I'm raising at the start of his new role.
“He has a duty to look into the timing of the signing of this contract, as it was initially intended that Bob Jones would be signing it off.
“Bob’s” sudden passing should, in my opinion, have necessitated a temporary hold to the contract process, until the election of the new PCC had been concluded.
“If David Jamieson fails to conduct a thorough investigation, he will have indicated to the electorate that the Labour Party clearly retain the attitude of "don't do as I do, but do as I say”.