Army children have no homes. But if they did, Wiltshire is mine. My father was an Army Chaplain: a regular. As a boy, I lived in Godley Road, Salisbury and attended Harnham Primary School, before going to school in Codford St Mary. I lived in Tidworth, Bulford and finally in Manor Road, Salisbury. My first jobs were in Salisbury. I worked the night shift at the Wellworthy factory in Harnham, toured Wiltshire selling ice creams and manned the petrol pump at Headquarters, UK Land Forces, in Wilton. I am a director of Ocean Footprint Limited in Wilton
Why am I seeking election as your PCC? I am not a career politician. I am a Queen’s Counsel. But we all sense that our criminal justice system and indeed, our freedoms, are at a critical stage. Crime is always with us, but it can be reduced and criminals deterred. Police funds are finite. That means, we must set priorities. Not those passing fads, which we are told we should want, but those you actually want. Morale in your police force, coupled with the support of the law abiding public are vital objectives. They come from leadership. Our county is not immune from organised crime, nor from internet fraud, indeed in the latter case we are probably more vulnerable than most London boroughs.
I studied law at Brasenose College, Oxford, where I won 3 boxing blues and played rugby for Oxford University, including a victory over the Springboks at Twickenham. Called to the Bar in 1972, I was a pupil to Robert Alexander Q.C. (Chairman, NatWest Bank). I became a Queen’s Counsel in 1991 and was for 20 years a part time Crown Court Recorder
Prepared by Peter Harrison, election agent, of 2 Park Row, Redlynch, Wiltshire SP5 2HB.
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