ONE of the candidates standing for the new role of Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner has resigned from Bournemouth council.

Nick King , the Conservative candidate for the new position, resigned from his role as councillor for Littledown and Iford.

It means the by-election to replace him will be held on November 15, the same day residents go to the polls in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections, so there is no need for the council to hold a separate election.

Mr King said whoever won the role would face “enormous challenges” and would have to give it 100 per cent commitment.

“I don’t believe that challenge would be compatible with remaining in any other role and it is for that reason I have resigned my seat on the council,” he said.

“I have been honoured to represent Littledown and Iford for the last seven years.

“I’ve met nothing but courtesy and kindness from the people of the area, even when they might have disagreed with me.”

“I’d like to pay tribute to them and particularly my ward colleagues Jane Montrose and Lawrence Williams.”