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Labour Party Candidate

Force area:
Cumbria

Patrick Leonard

Election statement:

I’m proud to be Labour’s candidate for Cumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner. I’ve never stood for election before but I couldn’t just stand back and watch the Government do their worst to our police service. As someone who has worked in the public services for over 30 years, I know how the police work and I’ve seen firsthand the challenges they face.

Their jobs are being made harder by the budget cuts handed down by this government. Cumbria Police face losing more than 120 officers over the next few years. This is a huge blow to a small force covering a big area. In addition we’ve lost 200 skilled and dedicated support staff. You don’t cut crime by cutting police.

As Commissioner, I would fight these cuts and do what I can to protect our police service. Unlike the Government, I won’t hand our policing over to private companies. I will bring forward measures to make sure victims of anti-social behaviour get a swift and strong response. 

People across Cumbria have told me how concerned they are that officers are being withdrawn from their communities. I would reverse this trend. Preventive and partnership working between the police, local authorities, voluntary and community groups is an essential part of reassuring the public. It will also, in the long run, prove more cost effective.

We’re very lucky that we live in the lowest crime area in England. We have a good police service that the public appreciate. I can’t understand why the Government want to risk this.

Cumbria deserves a police service that protects our communities and fights crime. If you elect me as your Labour Police & Crime Commissioner this is exactly what you will get.

Prepared by Emma Foody, Election Agent, The Labour Party, 3 Chatsworth Square, Carlisle, CA1 1HB.

Contact details: 07551 090 867