Wayne David expresses “grave concern” following evidence with former Gwent Chief Constable.
Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly and Shadow Justice Minister, has reacted with “grave concern” to the evidence session with the Home Affairs Select Committee by Gwent PCC, Ian Johnston, and Carmel Napier, former Chief Constable of Gwent Police.
This was the first occasion that Mrs Napier has spoken about her departure as Gwent Chief Constable. Following the evidence session with Mr Johnston, Mrs Napier provided the Committee with a very different picture of events which had led up to her forced resignation.
Carmel Napier accused Mr Johnston of “menacing” behaviour and “bullying”. The former Chief Constable said that the PCC had made no attempt to work constructively with her, even though she was more than happy to work with him. She said that her effective dismissal came as a “complete surprise”. She added that it would be difficult to see how what had happened was of benefit to the people of Gwent.
After the meeting, in response to Mrs Napier’s evidence, Wayne David said, “I am deeply shocked and worried about what Mrs Napier has said today. It is vitally important that Gwent Police has a culture of mutual respect at all levels. Accusations of bullying and menacing behaviour must be of concern to everyone”.