Choose your Police and Crime Commissioner for Market Harborough
On Thursday 15 November 2012 for the first time ever an election is taking place to choose a Police and Crime Commissioner who will be responsible for holding the Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police Force to account on the public’s behalf.
Why replace the current system?
In the 2010 British general election campaign, both the Conservative Party and Liberal Democrats’ manifestos outlined plans, respectively, to replace or reform the existing police authorities, both parties raising concerns about the perceived lack of accountability of police authorities to the communities they serve.
“We will introduce measures to make the police more accountable through oversight by a directly elected individual, who will be subject to strict checks and balances by locally elected representatives.” Source (page 13).
The Police & Crime Commissioner role includes:-
- Meeting the public regularly to listen to their views on policing
- Producing a police and crime plan setting out local policing policies
- Deciding how the budget will be spent
- Appointing a Chief Constable and dismissing them if needed
Who is standing for election?
Suleman Nagdi (Independent)
“I have lived in Leicestershire for 36 years, and all my life experience has prepared me for this role. I have owned and managed my own successful, business; I have served locally as a magistrate, and most important of all, for the past 25 years I have been a committed champion of local people as a community advocate. In various capacities I have also critiqued the work of the Police for over 15 years.” Read more.
Sarah Russell (Labour Party Candidate)
“As an Assistant Mayor for Leicester City Council I am responsible for a £32 million budget, lead on community safety, anti-social behaviour and policing issues, chair the city Community Safety Partnership and am part of the Police Strategic Partnership Board for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.” Read more
Sir Clive Loader (The Conservative Party Candidate)
Is a former Air Chief Marshal and Commander-in-Chief in the Royal Air Force, where he commanded over 31,500 personnel and ran a budget of over £2.6Bn. Clive and his wife Alison have had a home in our Police Area for over twenty years and currently live in Wing, Rutland. Read more.
How to vote
- In person on Thursday 15 November at your local polling station
- By post by getting a application form and more details at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk, or contacting Harborough District Council’s election office
- By proxy by getting an application form and more details at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk, or contacting Harborough District Council’s election office
Polling stations will be open on 15 November 2012 from 7am to 10pm in the Market Harborough voting area.
Article published in Market Harbrough People
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