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Fears only 1-in-10 East Lancashire people will vote for police supremo
LABOUR leader Ed Miliband is in Lancashire tomorrow to launch the party’s campaign for the new county crimefighting supremo amid fears as few as one in ten people will vote.
He will launch the opposition’s national manifesto for the new police commissioners and tell local people that Fleetwood county councillor Clive Grunshaw is the man for the job.
Mr Miliband’s high-profile arrival comes as a Populus opinion poll shows that only one fifth of voters are interested in the November 15 election and some MPs fear as few as one in ten will actually go to the polling booth.
The other three candidates for the new post of Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner are:
- Conservative – Lytham county councillor Tim Ashton
- Liberal Democrat –Nelson barrister Afzal Anwar
- UK Independence Party – Preesall councillor Robert Drobny
Blackburn with Darwen Council, overseeing the county poll, and the Electoral Commission are now joining with politicians to raise the turnout of voters.
The Commission is this week sending out an information booklet, which does not include local candidates details, in an awareness campaign backed by TV, radio and online advertising until polling day.
Their details are now available on the borough’s and the government’s candidate information websites and political parties are sending literature to all county households.
Former Blackburn with Darwen chief executive Graham Burgess, returning officer for the Lancashire poll, said: “There are a number of awareness campaigns running to promote these elections.
“They represent the first time the public will have been given the opportunity to vote for a police commissioner and I would encourage people across Lancashire to make the most of this opportunity.”
A Home Office spokes- person said: "The election of police and crime commissioners will give the public a real opportunity to choose who they want to represent their views on crime. Information about every candidate will be published online and, for anyone who wants it, delivered in written form.”