We are providing all the candidates seeking election as West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) with the opportunity to tell our readers what their priorities are, and to tell us a little more about themselves.
We’ve asked the same four questions to each candidate, for straightforward comparison, and we have invited candidates to supply social media and website links if they choose to.
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(1) Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am an experienced politician. I have served on the West Mercia Police Authority and was chair of the Telford and Wrekin Policing Board before becoming the leader of the Telford and Wrekin Council.
I was involved in community services in Telford before becoming a Councillor. I helped to secure a funding of £210k from European Urban Grant for Telford Cultural and Leisure Centre and then helped to raised £100k from the local community to complete the project.
In 2009 I was asked to be on the Board of Governor of the University of Wolverhampton. I served my full nine years term as an Independent Governor and was chair of the Audit committee.
(2) What do you feel are the policing priorities in our area?
More police focusing on safer streets and tackling violence.
Ensure police are on the beat rather than behind desks.
Fight the causes of crime by ensuring provision of preventative services.
Tougher sentences for rape and domestic violence.
A new law to ensure victims are at the heart of the criminal justice system.
(3) What initiatives would you seek to implement if elected on 6th May?
I will not take over the running of Fire Authorities.
I have always served the public with integrity and rectitude and promise to do the same as your PCC.
(4) What skills/experience would you look to bring to the role?
On my watch as a leader of the Telford and Wrekin council from 2011 to 2016 , I helped to stop the closure of Donnington M.O.D. site in Telford, thus saving hundreds of jobs and creating hundreds more – every secondary school in Telford and Wrekin was rebuilt or refurbished – introduced a policy to build houses on the council owned brownfield sites – build a solar farm on the council owned land to bring in extra revenue – sanction the building of a leisure and retail complex in Telford town centre , known as the Southwater , thus creating hundreds of jobs.