However, Sir Graham Bright defended his decision not to go, saying it was a just an information meeting where no decisions were being taken and that he didnt miss anything. I have since had a briefing of the meeting and I have spoken personally to the Home Secretary over the phone, the 70-year-old former Luton MP said. He could not attend because his trip to Belgium had been planned before he became the Conservative Partys candidate for the £70,000-a-year position. Theresa May invited all of the countrys newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioners to the Home Office in London on Monday last week to welcome them to their roles and discuss community safety issues with them. Several of the new PCCs were reported to be planning to use the meeting to lobby Mrs May for a rethink about her plans to cut funding to forces. However, Sir Graham said it was important that he used his judgement to choose the right meetings to go to and achieve the best value for money for the public. He said: Some of the national ones you have to go to, for example, when a decision is being made. Otherwise, it is a question of whether you can or cant make it. You couldnt get to them all. One reason he nominated a deputy commissioner, on a salary of £28,000 a year for two-and-a-half days a week, was so he could cover some meetings. As far as Sir Graham is concerned, the priority meetings for him to attend are anything that gets Cambridgeshire more money for its police force. He wants to focus on meeting residents.