On November 15th Essex will be voting for their new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). There are 6 candidates to take the role in Essex and each promise to bring something different to the table. So, who are they and what are they hoping to do to improve Essex?
Robin Tibrook – English Democrats
Robin is the chairman of the English Democrats, the party which wants increased independence in England, their slogan being “Not left, not right, just English“. He was previously a member of the Conservative Party. He holds a BA (Hons) in Politics and Economics from the University of Kent at Canterbury, and studied law at the College of Law in Chester. He is a now a solicitor and is CEO of a law firm in Essex. On 27 September 2011, he was awarded Honorary Freedom of the City of London. See the BBC Profile: English Democrats leader Robin Tilbrook.
- Slogan: “More Police – Catching Criminals“
- To resist Tory plans to cut Essex police budget
- Each Police Station will fly the St. George Flag
- Zero tolerance for petty crime and antisocial behaviour
- Zero tolerance to political correctness in Essex policing
- Focus on traditional English law
Andrew Smith – UKIP
Andrew Smith is a chartered accountant with a degree in economics and statistics.
- Slogan: “Respect and Protect“
- The PCC will engage the police and public
- Police must be accountable
- More police on the streets, and more special constables
- Be on the side of home owners and victims
- To squeeze the best value out of shrinking budgets
Linda Belgrove – Independent
Linda Belgrove has a background in law and has also been self employed. She has been a Parish Councillor and a trustee of the Rural Community Council of Essex. For the last 4 years Linda has been a member of the Essex Police Authority. She was Vice Chairman until June 2012. She has in-depth experience working with the police and sat on committees that covered chief officers, police performance, liaison, human resources and diversity.
- To keep politics out of policing
- More public and police consultations
- Increased transparency in police decision making
- Fight government cuts
- Support of voluntary groups in cutting crime
- Address road safety concerns
Linda Explains Why She is Standing
Valerie is deputy leader of Thurrock Council and is responsible for housing. She has a solid background in business. She is currently general manager for Wincanton Logistics and manages the Proctor and Gamble contract from the West Thurrock offices. She holds a BTec in Business Administration.
- Focus on bringing the community together to work with the police
- To better support victims
- Battle domestic violence and sexual crimes
- Improve technology in policing
- Put crime reduction at the centre of every planning, housing, health and education decision in Essex
- More protection for front-line officers
- Oppose privatisation of the police
Mick Thwaites – Independent
Mick has served 3 police forces: City of London, Metropolitan and Essex, as assistant chief constable, head of traffic and head of operations, with over 34 years of experience in managing risk in complex strategic environments. Before retiring from the police in 2009 he was a Chief Superintendent and was the senior officer representing Essex Police with regard to the 2012 Olympics.
- To keep politics our of policing
- More cops on streets
- To make Essex safer
- Quicker police response times
Nick Alston – Conservative Party
Nick is the Conservative candidate for Essex Police and Crime Commissioner. His father served in the Essex police for 37 years and Nick was born in Harwich police station.
Nick went to KEGS (King Edward Grammer School) in Chelmsford and then Cambridge University where he studied Natural Sciences. He was an officer in the Royal Navy and has worked in operational defence and security work, working closely with the police. He has worked in the private sector as a security director for a major global corporation. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science at University College London.
- Meeting local needs
- Prompt and professional policing
- Partnership and cooperation
- An influential voice
How To Vote
If you are registered to vote, and eligible to vote, you can either vote in person at a polling station, by post, or by proxy (allowing someone you trust to vote on your behalf). In this election you can vote for a first and second preference of who you want to win.
- Take yourself and your poll card to your local polling office. Poll Cards have been posted so you should have one already.
- Vote by post – postal votes must be received by 31st October
- Apply to Vote by proxy – get someone else to vote on your behalf – deadline is 7th November. See the reverse of your poll card for further details. Those in Chelmsford can call 01245 606449.
For more information go to www.choosemypcc.org.uk.