Pendle MP urges voters to choose police commissioner

First published in Pendle

PENDLE MP Andrew Stephenson is calling on Lancashire residents to make their vote count in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections on Thursday, November 15.

The PCC will set the budget, set the amount local people pay towards policing in their council tax, and write the local crime plan. Mr Stephenson said: “We are now in the countdown to the election for the first police and crime commissioner for Lancashire.

“We will soon have an important new local figure in the PCC who will lead the local effort to cut crime and make Pendle safer. Few things are more important than the security of our communities and the safety of our families.

“PCCs will reconnect local policing priorities with local people’s concerns. I am backing our excellent Conservative candidate Tim Ashton who will be a strong local voice.”

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7:12pm Thu 8 Nov 12

mavrick says...

This is the most exclusive election ever. It would seem to be an election nobody wants. It is just another job for the boys.
This is the most exclusive election ever. It would seem to be an election nobody wants. It is just another job for the boys. mavrick
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7:43pm Thu 8 Nov 12

prince of darkness says...

mavrick wrote:
This is the most exclusive election ever. It would seem to be an election nobody wants. It is just another job for the boys.
Agree no doubt local council tax will go up, to pay the 100 K wages and other costs.
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: This is the most exclusive election ever. It would seem to be an election nobody wants. It is just another job for the boys.[/p][/quote]Agree no doubt local council tax will go up, to pay the 100 K wages and other costs. prince of darkness
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9:17pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Rappide says...

mavrick wrote:
This is the most exclusive election ever. It would seem to be an election nobody wants. It is just another job for the boys.
I agree. What worries me though is that there may be pro-privatisation candidates involved in this election and I believe the last thing we need is the privatisation of the police force.
I hope we don't have incompetent companies like G4S taking over parts of the running of our police force in Lancashire.
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: This is the most exclusive election ever. It would seem to be an election nobody wants. It is just another job for the boys.[/p][/quote]I agree. What worries me though is that there may be pro-privatisation candidates involved in this election and I believe the last thing we need is the privatisation of the police force. I hope we don't have incompetent companies like G4S taking over parts of the running of our police force in Lancashire. Rappide
  • Score: 3

9:42pm Thu 8 Nov 12

jellybiff says...

£5,000 and 150 signatures they needed to stand .That's the way to keep out the independents and bring in the brown -nose fools we've got.
£5,000 and 150 signatures they needed to stand .That's the way to keep out the independents and bring in the brown -nose fools we've got. jellybiff
  • Score: 3

10:36pm Thu 8 Nov 12

retsofad says...

Well can someone tell the public WHO are the faceless candidates that have paid their fee because the only leaflet I have seen is from a Barrister and a member of the Lib/dems. We can't put a face to any other candidates so why bother voting
Well can someone tell the public WHO are the faceless candidates that have paid their fee because the only leaflet I have seen is from a Barrister and a member of the Lib/dems. We can't put a face to any other candidates so why bother voting retsofad
  • Score: 1

12:23am Fri 9 Nov 12

trajan says...

Link to list of candidates......http
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Link to list of candidates......http ://www.choosemypcc.o rg.uk/?gclid=CMLnq8_ OwLMCFanItAod4DEA-g trajan
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8:51am Fri 9 Nov 12

NoPolitics says...

Lets get real here. Cut budgets to services, hold an election, Government wrings hands and says "not our fault blame your new PCC".
Result, less bobbys on the beat, more crime, not the governments fault.
Has anyone been asked i you want an elected PCC. No, we are all morons.
Lets get real here. Cut budgets to services, hold an election, Government wrings hands and says "not our fault blame your new PCC". Result, less bobbys on the beat, more crime, not the governments fault. Has anyone been asked i you want an elected PCC. No, we are all morons. NoPolitics
  • Score: 1

9:25am Fri 9 Nov 12

midas says...

There isn't much difference between the 4 of them but I also don't imagine there is much difference between what they are promising and what is going on already.
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Anti social behaviour, domestic violence, burglary and violent crimes are all priorities now. They all talk about protecting "front line policing" but don't say why or how they are going to do it.
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Using non police staff has been happening for 10+ years. The jailers in the custody office and courts haven't been police officers for years.
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None of the candidates have talked about finance and how much we are going to have to pay, nor have they talked about how they will allocate their budget. Labour talk about 12% cuts and the Tories about 20% so whoever is in power will be cutting the police force budget.
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None of the candidates seem to have anything new to offer, aren't we better with the system as it is? What was so wrong with it that we need this post?
There isn't much difference between the 4 of them but I also don't imagine there is much difference between what they are promising and what is going on already. . Anti social behaviour, domestic violence, burglary and violent crimes are all priorities now. They all talk about protecting "front line policing" but don't say why or how they are going to do it. . Using non police staff has been happening for 10+ years. The jailers in the custody office and courts haven't been police officers for years. . None of the candidates have talked about finance and how much we are going to have to pay, nor have they talked about how they will allocate their budget. Labour talk about 12% cuts and the Tories about 20% so whoever is in power will be cutting the police force budget. . None of the candidates seem to have anything new to offer, aren't we better with the system as it is? What was so wrong with it that we need this post? midas
  • Score: 1

10:00am Fri 9 Nov 12

Lucy Porter 101 says...

Two quick things here.... The current system, the Police Authority, is the biggest waste of space going and costs and absolute fortune.... made up political councillors.

I genuinely think that this is a great policy and believe it will make a real difference to policing in Lancashire.

However I agree with the above comments about the very average candidates we have running.
Two quick things here.... The current system, the Police Authority, is the biggest waste of space going and costs and absolute fortune.... made up political councillors. I genuinely think that this is a great policy and believe it will make a real difference to policing in Lancashire. However I agree with the above comments about the very average candidates we have running. Lucy Porter 101
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11:18am Fri 9 Nov 12

Izanears says...

It is estimated by the electoral reform society that this election will cost £75 million pounds. The salary for the P&CC's is between £80 and £100k per year.
This is only the tip of the iceberg. They will no doubt have a chaffeur, plus a deputy and other admin staff and of course expenses. The first thing they do is bring in consultants then go on work study trips to the USA to see how the job is done. There will be workshops, consultative meetings bonding courses etc etc etc etc. At the end of the day very little will have changed.
It is estimated by the electoral reform society that this election will cost £75 million pounds. The salary for the P&CC's is between £80 and £100k per year. This is only the tip of the iceberg. They will no doubt have a chaffeur, plus a deputy and other admin staff and of course expenses. The first thing they do is bring in consultants then go on work study trips to the USA to see how the job is done. There will be workshops, consultative meetings bonding courses etc etc etc etc. At the end of the day very little will have changed. Izanears
  • Score: 0

11:32am Fri 9 Nov 12

Mikeee47 says...

Spoil your paper!!!
let the police carry on running the business they are good at and let the MPs do the job they are not good at (running the country) Really do we want another Baffoon who cant do his/her job we pay them to do to mess things up for their own agenda??
If you don't vote It will auto go to the winner on the other hand Spoil your paper it cant be counted.
Spoil your paper!!! let the police carry on running the business they are good at and let the MPs do the job they are not good at (running the country) Really do we want another Baffoon who cant do his/her job we pay them to do to mess things up for their own agenda?? If you don't vote It will auto go to the winner on the other hand Spoil your paper it cant be counted. Mikeee47
  • Score: 0

9:48pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Pendlesider says...

since when did local policing priorities disconnect with local people’s concerns? This Pendle MP needs to get back in touch with reality.
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Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson forgets to mention his Tory-led Government are cutting our local police, making it harder - not easier - to fight crime. Clegg and Cameron said frontline policing would not be hit by their huge 20% cuts to our force, but the truth is that 213 of our frontline officers here in Lancashire are being cut.

the Tories, concerned that people had forgotten about this election (or even who to vote for), thought they'd remind everyone by putting out a news article then sneaking in a 'oh and here's one Tory candidate to vote for'.
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blatant advertising and a political farce. If a candidate doesn't have £5,000 and 100 nominees then they can't take part in the 'election'.
you don't know who they are, and all you receive thru' your door is an election poll card telling you where the polling station is.
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So, who are they electing when they have these elections?
Ohh. the same old fat tory landowners who get made MP's when they reach a certain weight - Blackadder ;-)
since when did local policing priorities disconnect with local people’s concerns? This Pendle MP needs to get back in touch with reality. . Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson forgets to mention his Tory-led Government are cutting our local police, making it harder - not easier - to fight crime. Clegg and Cameron said frontline policing would not be hit by their huge 20% cuts to our force, but the truth is that 213 of our frontline officers here in Lancashire are being cut. the Tories, concerned that people had forgotten about this election (or even who to vote for), thought they'd remind everyone by putting out a news article then sneaking in a 'oh and here's one Tory candidate to vote for'. . blatant advertising and a political farce. If a candidate doesn't have £5,000 and 100 nominees then they can't take part in the 'election'. you don't know who they are, and all you receive thru' your door is an election poll card telling you where the polling station is. . So, who are they electing when they have these elections? Ohh. the same old fat tory landowners who get made MP's when they reach a certain weight - Blackadder ;-) Pendlesider
  • Score: 0

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