by David Holmes, Cheshire Live:
Bob Fousert has been forced to step down as chairman of Cheshire police and crime panel.
The chair of a policing watchdog has been sacked after publicly questioning whether a senior officer should be wearing an LGBT rainbow lanyard.
Bob Fousert was forced to step down as chairman of Cheshire police and crime panel by seven votes to five with one abstention.
The panel’s role is to hold elected Labour police and crime commissioner (PCC) David Keane to account.
Mr Fousert’s controversial remarks were made at the last panel meeting.
He was questioning Mr Keane about his concerns deputy chief constable Julie Cooke had donned the colourful pro-LGBT lanyard at a recent meeting while in uniform.
Ms Cooke is national lead on LGBT+ issues for the National Police Chiefs Council.
Mr Fousert said: “Do you consider such an overt, political statement to be appropriate for a senior officer to wear given the police should be seen to be impartial in all it does and what message do you think this sends to officers and staff in terms of integrity, leadership and objectivity as espoused by the constabulary’s code of ethics?”