West Midlands Police should use its £500,000-a-year vehicle budget to buy British cars and vans, according to a politician bidding to become the region’s first elected police commissioner.
Labour campaigner Mike Olley said the force should stop buying BMWs and Volvos.
Mr Olley said: “We hear a lot from authority officials about how difficult it is to favour Midland firms because of European Union procurement rules.
“But it is unthinkable that French or German police forces would use cars not built in their own countries. They don’t seem to have any trouble with the EU rules. If I become Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands, I shall take the French view over these matters and wherever possible make sure that contracts go to local firms to protect jobs.”
The former Birmingham city councillor launched his bid last month with a campaign against plans to cut police station opening hours.