THE Conservative party is set to select a new Police and Crime Commissioner candidate. 

Flick Drummond, the newly elected MP for Meon Valley, was selected as  the Conservative’s Police and Crime Commissioner candidate ahead of next May’s election. 

But now she has confirmed that she is no longer the party’s candidate and that there will be a new selection soon.

It comes as last Thursday Ms Drummond was elected as the member  or parliament for Meon Valley.

Following the general election she told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that she is no longer a PCC candidate.

A new selection is expected to be held soon but a date has not been revealed yet.

Cllr Dan Fitzhenry, leader of the Conservatives in Southampton, said: “I have known Flick for a number of years and we were looking forward to working with her but I am very pleased that she has got a new job  and we look forward to working with the new candidates and select the best one to be our candidate for May’s election.”

As previously reported, Ms Drummond was elected as the party’s PCC candidate earlier this year after party members did not re-select current PCC Michael Lane.

At the time Cllr Fitzhenry said party members had decided to open the field to new candidates.

Ms Drummond, who is a former Portsmouth South MP, celebrated a landslide victory on December 12 when she won the Meon Valley seat  with 35,271 votes. 

She nearly increased the majority of 25,632 secured by the former MP Sir George Hollingbery who stood down in November.