Yvette Cooper lends her support for Labour's PCC candidate Hamish Sandison in Cwmbran

First published in News South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

THE shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper paid a visit to Cwmbran to support Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent candidate Hamish Sandison.

Members of the Thornhill Community Centre and local residents gathered on Monday to hear what Labour's Mr Sandison and Ms Cooper had to say about the up coming elections.

Mr Sandison, from Usk, who has been a practising lawyer for over 35 years and a Labour candidate in the 2010 General Election, said: "If I was elected my first concern would be crime but second to this would be installing good communities.

"Once children are in the criminal justice system its hard to get them out. So it's important to give them good foundations to have a good start in life."

Mr Sandison is campaigning against the government's 20% cuts in police budgets, as he believes this will put community safety at risk by taking police officers off the streets.

He is also opposed to police station closures in Gwent, and privatisation of police services.

Ms Cooper said: "Good communities reduce crime, that is by working together and with the police. Communities, like the one here, know the local problems and can suggest the solutions.

"Plans to cut 700 police officers in Wales, I think is really irresponsible. Hamish is determined to speak to communities to create good links and he has strong experience of the criminal justice system."

Commenting on Gwent's crime rate continuing to fall, Mr Sandison said: "Crime is coming and down and I welcome that but we can't assume that it will survive the cuts."

 Also standing for election in Gwent on November 15 are Ian Johnston (independent), Nick Webb (Conservative) and Chris Wright (independent).

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2:01pm Wed 31 Oct 12

pinpong says...

Hamish Who??
Hamish Who?? pinpong
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7:22pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Lastpost says...

Just what we need! A new role that will be tainted before it has even begun by political pressure. Would Mr Sandison make impartial decisions that may not be good for the Labour Party if he were to be elected? (Mr Sandison I believe donated £2000 to Ed Miliband in 2010 to support his Labour Party leadership campaign).
The public has not forgotten the political expenses scandals and are still very angry at Fat Cat politicians. We dont want another layer of them in another form lining their pockets.
There is also a possibility that Gwent Police will merge with another South Wales Force or even into an all Wales Force. Will all of these newly elected commissioners then get a golden handshake if their contracts are terminated early?
Normal hard working people are watching millions being wasted on a pointless election that is creating a post that is not required.
Just what we need! A new role that will be tainted before it has even begun by political pressure. Would Mr Sandison make impartial decisions that may not be good for the Labour Party if he were to be elected? (Mr Sandison I believe donated £2000 to Ed Miliband in 2010 to support his Labour Party leadership campaign). The public has not forgotten the political expenses scandals and are still very angry at Fat Cat politicians. We dont want another layer of them in another form lining their pockets. There is also a possibility that Gwent Police will merge with another South Wales Force or even into an all Wales Force. Will all of these newly elected commissioners then get a golden handshake if their contracts are terminated early? Normal hard working people are watching millions being wasted on a pointless election that is creating a post that is not required. Lastpost
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12:12am Fri 2 Nov 12

Howie' says...

Good point about the force mergers.

As you say a totally pointless election.
Good point about the force mergers. As you say a totally pointless election. Howie'
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7:37pm Wed 14 Nov 12

gordelpus says...

This bloke is an idiot. General election 2010, his flyer comes through the letterbox quote "work for those who want to work". Want to work indeed. Career petty politician who's worked as a lawyer in London for years and suddenly finds some local roots at the sniff of 80K odd on top of his private income. Disgrace.
This bloke is an idiot. General election 2010, his flyer comes through the letterbox quote "work for those who want to work". Want to work indeed. Career petty politician who's worked as a lawyer in London for years and suddenly finds some local roots at the sniff of 80K odd on top of his private income. Disgrace. gordelpus
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