Police and Crime Commissioners

‘Loyal is my brand’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  11 April 2016

Crime should rise back up the Labour party’s agenda, Andy Burnham tells Richard Angell and Adam Harrison Andy Burnham has just emerged from a meeting at a mosque in Newport, south Wales, when we catch up with him. He has been out on the stump in support of Labour’s police and crime commissioner candidates. But the …

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The ticket and the tribe

David Taylor  |  7 April 2016

Labour PCC candidates can reach out The police and crime commissioner is a hybrid of public service leader and politician. The proclivity to oppose these roles within the Labour party, simply on the grounds that they were born under a Conservative government, is unhealthy and wrong. The devolution agenda was trailblazed by New Labour, and has now eventually been embraced …

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Robbed of power

Vera Baird  |  7 April 2016

Why Labour needs more PCCs Labour police and crime commissioners contributed most of the budget information Andy Burnham used to deter George Osborne from more draconian police cuts in the comprehensive spending review. Our 13 commissioners govern all metropolitan police forces except London. In the past three years in our elected role we have brought …

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Protecting the thin blue line

Barry Kirby  |  29 March 2016

I am very proud to have been selected as the Labour police and crime commissioner candidate for Gloucestershire. That said, many people, including both the general public and Labour members, are not that enthusiastic about police and crime commissioners – and the party is not exactly pulling out all the stops to help candidates. The PCC …

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Bobbies on the beat, not big beasts

Jacqui Smith  |  7 March 2016

I agree with Jeremy Corbyn on his decision that a future Labour government would keep the police and crime commissioners introduced by the coalition government. He made this announcement in launching Labour’s campaign for the police and crime commissioner elections, which will be fought in all police areas apart from London and Manchester on 5 …

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Crime works across borders; we must work together

David Taylor  |  23 February 2016

Whether or not the voters of North Wales elect me as police and crime commissioner on the 5 May, I will be campaigning for Britain to stay in the European Union in the referendum on the 23 June. In fact, if I am elected to head up the fight against crime in North Wales, my campaigning will …

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A councillor is for life, not just elections

Barry Kirby  |  26 November 2015

When people talk about government, Labour representation and the like, they are talking about Westminster members of parliament. When we talk about grass roots, then we are talking about the membership. However there is a breed of people, who deal with the flux of policy, whims of Westminster and translate it into local government action, …

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Time for Labour to step up on PCC campaigning

Alex Ross-Shaw  |  12 November 2015

Discussions of May 2016 as the first real test of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour party focus on local council elections but rarely mention another election taking place on the same day: that of the country’s police and crime commissioners. Andy Burnham’s quick acceptance upon assuming the role of shadow home secretary, that PCCs …

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Theresa May is failing on public safety

Jack Dromey MP  |  6 November 2015

Policing has been steadily rising on the political agenda over recent months as the impact of the government’s drastic cuts to the policing budget is increasingly felt, and concern mounts about the consequences to public safety. This was epitomised in Labour’s opposition day debate on policing on Wednesday, when Labour MPs joined forces to share …

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Seven months to go …

Barry Kirby  |  6 November 2015

Since September we have undergone a change in the Labour party that has not been seen since 1997. We have had a huge spike in membership, with both returning and new members, inspired by the leadership election and the debate that has gone on from it. But the Honeymoon cannot, and will not, last five …

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