BRIAN Greenslade, the independent Police Commissioner candidate at the centre of a row about the conduct of Police Authority chief Mike Bull, has defended his position.
Mr Greenslade, the only candidate in the race from North Devon, says as far as he's concerned Mr Bull has done nothing wrong.
Mr Bull has been accused of breaching the Data Protection Act to obtain the email addresses of serving police officers. He sent an email to many officers which endorsed Mr Greenslade.
But Mr Greenslade said Mr Bull has caused no problems.
"What he has done is perfectly legal," he said, "and I have had more publicity today from the Western Morning News and BBC Radio Devon then I would have done otherwise.
"He has acted within the law, and I don't consider that he has done anything wrong.
But regardless of whether or not Mr Bull has breached the Data Protection Act the man who unearthed the email says that's not the most concerning thing about this episode.
Ben Bradshaw, Labour MP for Exeter said: "What concerns me particularly about Mr Bull's email is he makes a huge amount out of Mr Greenslade's independent position without mentioning his background. It's very dishonest.
"Mr Greenslade is a lifelong Lib Dem, was the Lib Dem leader of DCC, is still the Lib Dem leader of NDC and owes his former position on the Police Authority to the Lib Dems.
"The idea he is an independent candidate is dishonest."