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The "soap opera" involving the Lincolnshire Crime Commissioner and his controversial suspension of the acting Chief Constable took a new twist today when it was revealed that MPs will visit the county.
Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz ended any hopes that the matter had been closed by a new report which completely exonerated the force's temporary police chief Neil Rhodes.
He was suspended from duty in February by Lincolnshire PCC Alan Hardwick over an allegation that he interfered in a West Yorkshire Police employee dispute.
But Mr Rhodes was restored to his post in late March after he went to the High Court - where a judge ended a judicial review by criticising Mr Hardwick's decision.
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Mr Rhodes successfully claimed that he was only involved in the dispute - involving a solicitor claiming unfair dismissal from the Yorkshire constabulary - as a peer mentor under the system agreed by all police forces.
And on Thursday the report into the events which brought Lincolnshire Police into the national spotlight - presented by Greater Manchester Chief Constable Sir Keith Fahy - agreed with the review's conclusions.
But Leicester MP Mr Faz has now pledged to include the controversy in a new review of police crime commissioners' roles, powers and responsibilities.
"We are starting a major inquiry into PCCs and we will be coming to Lincolnshire to talk to the parties," Mr Vaz said.
"This is a very concerning case because it deals with an example of the relationship between commissioner and chief constable.
"It's been something of a soap opera. Perhaps people in Lincolnshire didn't even know they had a police and crime commissioner before this started? They certainly know it now."