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Force confirms MP is not a police officer after he was spotted ‘in uniform’

Tory MP Mark Francois was seen on patrol with police officers in his Essex constituency on Friday night.

Mark Francois was spotted wearing what looked like a police uniform
Mark Francois was spotted wearing what looked like a police uniform

By George Ryan, PA Political Reporter

Police have confirmed that a prominent Conservative MP “is not a police officer” after he was spotted wearing what looked like a uniform.

Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois – deputy chairman of the pro-Brexit European Research Group – was seen on patrol with police officers in his Essex constituency on Friday night.

A photo posted on Twitter by a pub-goer shows Mr Francois wearing what appears to be a black stab-proof vest with “Police” written on it.

He is also wearing a white shirt with a black tie and black trousers, similar to the police staff in the photograph.

Essex Police posted on Twitter to confirm he is not employed by the force and it was a mix-up on their part which led to him wearing the police vest.

The tweet reads: “We can confirm Mark Francois, MP for #Rayleigh and #Wickford, is not a police officer.

“He joined our officers in Rayleigh to see the work they are doing in #Essex and we gave him the wrong jacket.

“We are recruiting though.”

Mr Francois’ office has been contacted for comment.

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