LABOUR’S POLICE COMMISSIONER NOMINEE HOPEFULLS IN BORROWASH

THE BEST CHOICE FOR DERBYSHIRE

 News from Labour in Erewash: 16th May 2012

 Labour has unveiled the three candidates hoping to be chosen as the Party’s nominee for the post of Derbyshire Police Commissioner at a hustings meeting hosted by the Ockbrook and Borrowash Labour Branch.

 Alan Charles; Kathryn Salt and Hardyal Dhindsa addressed Labour members at a conference room in the Borrowash Co-op store followed by questions.

 Alan Charles is Vice-Chair of the County’s Police Authority and Deputy Leader of the Labour Group on Derbyshire County Council

 Hardyal Dhindsa is a Probation Services Manager of 30 years’ standing; a Derby City Councillor and member of the Derby Labour Administration’s Cabinet

 Kathryn Salt is a former Amber Valley Councillor with leadership experience in the voluntary sector and strong trade union links

 Philip Whitt from the local Labour Party was in the Chair:

 It was an excellent event and I was delighted that we had such a challenging range of questions covering the whole spectrum of policing and the needs of local communities throughout Derbyshire. I am grateful that the candidates have given us their time – and also extend thanks to the Party members who attended.

 Erewash Labour Councillor Margaret Griffiths put a question to the candidates and was impressed with the fact that:

 They are very well-versed in the complexities of policing and would be extremely capable in post as well as ensuring that Labour values of equality and fairness are at the heart of every thing that they do. Derbyshire can have confidence that the person who is eventually chosen as our nominee will be a wonderful role model.

 Cllr Howard Griffiths also attended the hustings and stressed that the people of Derbyshire had been:

 Betrayed by the Tory-led Government and Tory-run Councils in Derbyshire. Kathryn, Hardyal and Alan are people who are rooted in the hearts of their own communities and understand the needs of a diverse and changing Derbyshire. The have strong values and principles, combined with the imagination and flair to deal with 21st century problems.

 Helen Clark, Chair of Erewash Labour Local Government Committee said that the session had been a great success:

 The role of Commissioner was not one that Labour wanted – we would have used scarce resources on front line policing;  but the Tories  have pushed it through and we want to ensure that Derbyshire elects a Labour Commissioner who will have a true commitment to neighbourhood policing ;  root and branch accountability  and the highest of professional standards.

Hardyal, Kathryn and Alan are outstanding representatives; each one of them would do us proud – and local people can have confidence in their determination to do an excellent job in the interest of everyone who lives in Derbyshire.

 Labour will select its nominee from the three candidates in June

Derbyshire’s first Police Commissioner will be elected in November.

 

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