Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 14°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Suffolk/Essex: Time to vote for new police and crime commissioners

06:00 15 November 2012

Police and Crime Commissioner candidates meet the general public in Lowestoft.  (Left to right:) Tim Passmore, Bill Mountford, David Cocks and Jane Basham.

Police and Crime Commissioner candidates meet the general public in Lowestoft. (Left to right:) Tim Passmore, Bill Mountford, David Cocks and Jane Basham.

Archant © 2012

VOTERS will go the polls today to elect the first police and crime commissioners for Suffolk and Essex.

Four candidates will be battling it out in Suffolk to win the people’s mandate for the new £70,000-a-year post. In Essex six candidates, including two independents, will go head-to-head.

Polling stations will be open from 7am-10pm with votes being counted on Friday.

The election will be run on a supplementary vote system, where people choose their first and second preference candidates.

The Suffolk candidates are:

n Jane Basham, former executive of the Ipswich and Suffolk Council of Racial Equality is representing Labour;

n David Cocks is standing as an independent candidate and has experience in media and health;

n Bill Mountford is the UKIP candidate and is campaigning for more police to be put on the beat;

n And Conservative candidate Tim Passmore is the current leader of Mid Suffolk District Council and former chief executive of Choose Suffolk.

Essex’s election will see six go up against each other:

n Former Royal Naval officer Nicholas Alston is the Conservative candidate and wants measures that will cut crime and improve communications between the police and the public;

n Linda Belgrove is an independent candidate and is a parish councillor and founder and chair of the Essex Retired Police Dogs Fund;

n Labour candidate Val Morris-Cook is general manager for a logistics firm and deputy leader of Thurrock Council;

n The UKIP candidate is Andrew Smith, who works as a freelance chartered accountant in commerce;

n Another independent candidate, Mick Thwaites, is a former Essex police officer and wants to see “more visible policing”;

n And Robin Tilbrook is the English Democrats’ candidate. He is their leader and chairman and works as a solicitor.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has accused the Government of running a “shambolic” information campaign in the run-up to the first elections for police and crime commissioners.

Ms Cooper said people were saying they did not know anything about today’s polls for commissioners in 41 police areas in England and Wales.

“The Government, as well as choosing to have the elections in November when they could have waited until May, have simply not provided people with proper information,” she told ITV’s Daybreak.

But Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps said the commissioners would have a “really important” role and the Government had wanted to get the elections under way as quickly as possible.

“I think it is really important that people know a figurehead, a name of a person that they can turn to when they are concerned about crime and anti-social behaviour in their area.

“They want to know why the police are costing money on their council tax bill,” he said.

1 comment

  • What a waste of time and money - an utterly uninspiring list of candidates for Suffolk, none of whom appear as well qualified to perform the role as the previous more collegiate system. Money in changing all this would have been much better spent on keeping more police on the front line.

    Report this comment

    paul

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

Team manager Alf Ramsey and trainer Harold Sheperdson (standing) watch England's victory over Germany in the 1966 World Cup

On the 50th anniversary of his greatest triumph, we are today celebrating Sir Alf Ramsey, the man who inspired both Ipswich Town and England to extraordinary levels of success and glory.

Motorcyclist banned

A handyman has lost his driving licence after police saw him speeding on his motorbike while over the drug-drive limit.

Millions of pounds are lost each year in our region due to people wasting medicines. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Suffolk health chiefs are urging people to buy their own treatments after they spent £3.4 million on “wasted medicines” in the past year.

Old Alderman Blaxill School, currently the Stanway Federation Learning Centre.

A new superschool could be built on the site of a former secondary school in Colchester – potentially also including homes for teachers.

GV - Ipswich Crown Court

An Essex woman who took advantage of her estranged husband being in hospital to steal his cheque book and plunder more than £18,000 from his bank account has been jailed.

Fire services attended the scene of a chemical spill in Haverhill

More than 40 firefighters were sent to a business park to handle a chemical spill.

The 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment marched through Woodbridge Market Hill to mark 10 years of being based just outside the town at Rock Barracks.

Crowds of people lined the streets of a Suffolk town to salute locally based soldiers.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24