I am standing as the Labour and Co-operative Party candidate for Wiltshire and Swindon Police and Crime Commissioner. I run an electrical contracting business and grew up in Wootton Bassett, moving to Swindon in 1997. I have been a Swindon Borough Councillor for 13 years and was Mayor of Swindon from 2018-19. I have also been a previous Parliamentary & European Parliamentary candidate in Wiltshire. Most importantly, I have served on the Police and Crime panel for Wiltshire and Swindon since 2012 and was voted as Vice-Chair 4 years ago and this year was voted as Chair by Conservative, Liberal Democrat, Independent and Labour members of the panel – despite being one of only two Labour members on the panel. As Chair and Vice-chair, I have built a strong understanding of our Police force in Wiltshire.
As a priority I shall press for a fairer funding for the Wiltshire and Swindon Police area as this drives the ability of the police force to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour. Despite every MP for our PCC area being Conservative, a Conservative PCC being in place for 2 terms, both councils for Wiltshire and Swindon being Conservative controlled and Conservative controlled governments for over 10 years, no progress has been achieved on this and I will seek to remedy this.
We need better funding to strengthen our police force.
My key pledges are:
This statement has been prepared by Neil Hopkins, Election Agent, 1b Marlborough Lane, Swindon SN3 1RA.
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