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Final candidates named for Police and Crime Commissioner elections in Staffordshire and Warwickshire

By SonyaBritton  |  Posted: October 25, 2012

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The final names of those hoping to become the first ever Police and Crime Commissioners for Staffordshire and Warwickshire in next month's elections, have been announced.
Nominations closed at 12noon last Friday, October 19, for the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election on Thursday, November 15.
In the Staffordshire election, which covers Tamworth, there are just the two main party candidates, but in Warwickshire, which covers Polesworth, Atherstone and Coleshill, there is also an independent candidate.
The Staffordshire candidates are:
•    Matthew Ellis (Conservative)
•    Joy Garner (Labour)
The Warwickshire nominations are:
•    Ron Ball (Independent)
•    Fraser Pithie (Conservative)
•    James Plaskitt (Labour)
Please note candidates still have until 12noon on Wednesday 24 October to withdraw.
The PCC election will take place on Thursday 15 November with Polling Stations across Staffordshire and Warwickshire open from 7am to 10pm.
Police and Crime Commissioners will be elected by the public to oversee how crime is tackled in their area to make sure the police are providing a good service.  The role will include meeting the public regularly to listen to their views on policing, producing a police and crime plan setting out local policing priorities, deciding how the budget will be spent, appointing Chief Constables and dismissing them if needed.
For further information on the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner election please visit www.warwickshirepcc.info and follow @WarksPCCElects on Twitter.
An information booklet from the Electoral Commission on the Police and Crime Commissioner elections is being delivered to every household in October.
For a full list of candidates and more information about them (available from 26 October) contesting the Police and Crime Commissioner elections please visit: www.Choosemypcc.org.uk

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  • weskiwi  |  November 05 2012, 8:56PM

    Once again the electorate are shafted, on the one hand, this voting for a P & C Commisionaire gives the appearance of democracy, however, set against the fact that mainly party poopers, the odd retired ( forcibly or otherwise) copper, and some lobbyist backed organisation, there are few totally independants. I see the figure of 2k per week mentioned; I do not think it is as high as that, but whatever the figure quoted, one needs to add on the coterie of friends of the family etc forming the whole of the new commission, and this simply could skyrocket. Once again, have we, the public been canvassed as to whether we wish to have this new quango thrust upon us, another jobs for the boys of the inner circle. What happens if, very few either vote, or, write * none of the above*, reflecting a very low turn out; does the one receiving a trickle of votes, but, nevertheless receiving the highest number, still get the job? If so, it is a queer type of democracy which says that if a majority show antipathy, or animosity, to proposed venture, it will still proceed, so long as some, with vested interests make the journey to the voting booth. On the one hand, there have been enough instances of police brutality, police corruption in high places, and ineptness, which would make anyone interested in proper law and order wish for a change; but, the way this is being shoved through, is a disgrace to democracy. Refuse to vote, vote for none of the above??? Won't change a thing.

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  • Achiepop  |  October 26 2012, 9:47PM

    Shutupmoaning - I know you're out there... instead of just downrating anything you don't like, how about you put your money where your mouth is and actually comment WITHOUT just blaming a government that left office nearly three years ago?

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  • Achiepop  |  October 26 2012, 8:12PM

    I am totally against elected Police Comissioners. To give this sort of power to ONE person, who dodesnt need to be qualified (anyone can stand for this position just like MPs), is a disaster waiting to happen. Our police are already politicised, and this will make it even worse. What will probably happen is large amount soy voters will use this as a protest vote to the government. I normally wouldn't have an issue with that, as anything that gives the clown in charge a bloody nose is generally good, but this? No. it's too important for all our safety.

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  • becca  |  October 25 2012, 8:02PM

    The candidates may have been named, but what the hell are their policies? It just seems that the money being thrown at yet another layer of political bureaucracy, will just reduce the budget for tackling crime.

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  • kjhgfd  |  October 25 2012, 5:23PM

    no where on the ballot forms will it say the winning candiate will be earning £2000 a week total rip off dont waste your time voting,,when this all goes **** up the man in the street will get the blame cus your vote put them in this unessasary post

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  • InGen  |  October 25 2012, 4:31PM

    I don't think anyone affiliated to any of the political parties should be allowed to stand. It should be someone independent and someone that has done and knows the job, i.e. an ex-Police officer.

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