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West Mercia PCC candidate – Kuldip Sahota, Labour

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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.

In this article we speak to Kuldip Sahota, standing for the Labour Party.

 


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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. 

 

 

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