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As a former Trade Union Regional Officer who represented members at local and national level I have plenty of experience of being an advocate on behalf of others. I was a Governor of a Further Education College for several years and served on its Project Board which oversaw the construction of two multi-million pound buildings. This involved careful planning and monitoring to ensure that these were delivered on time and on budget. As Chair of a charity I helped to develop a business plan to act on behalf of the public on issues of health and social care and set up a professional monitoring and audit process.
Cuts in Police funding mean that there may be even fewer staff and that response times could deteriorate. Labour will keep our police visible and offer you real power over what policing priorities should be. The role of the PCC puts too much power in the hands of one individual so I believe the job should be done completely differently. We must put communities at the heart of the fight against crime and give people a direct say in how to spend the resources which are continually being reduced by this Government.
The role of PCC must support those who are victims of crime as well as those at risk of offending. Supporting crime prevention measures is vital. I will oppose any suggestion of expanding the role to include the Fire & Rescue Service and am also opposed to having to having a paid deputy.
I will make the PCC more accountable and ensure that everyone gets their voice heard.
Labour and Co-operative Party
This statement has been prepared by me acting as my own Election Agent at Flat 29 Green Park, Manor Road, Bournemouth BH1 3HR.