Gwent Police commissioner candidates battle for public support

DEBATE: Police and crime commissioner candidates at the hustings at The Parkway Hotel, Cwmbran last night organised by Victim Support. Candidates from left, Nick Webb, Chris Wright, Ian Johnston and Hamish Sandison with Mandy Wilmot of Victim Support

DEBATE: Police and crime commissioner candidates at the hustings at The Parkway Hotel, Cwmbran last night organised by Victim Support. Candidates from left, Nick Webb, Chris Wright, Ian Johnston and Hamish Sandison with Mandy Wilmot of Victim Support

First published in Gwent news

CANDIDATES in the race for the role of Gwent’s Police and Crime Commissioner battled it out at a hustings meeting yesterday.

Two independents and former policemen Chris Wright and Ian Johnston took on Labour’s Hamish Sandison and Nick Webb of the Tories in a bid to win public support ahead of elections on November 15.

They are in the running to become one of four PCCs in Wales, along with 37 in England, who will take over the role of the police authority, set the police force budget and ensure the policing needs of the community are met as effectively as possible.

Around 50 people turned out at the Parkway Hotel, Cwmbran, to hear the men’s pledges at the evening organised by Victim Support.

Mr Webb said the Argus often shows crime isn’t committed by a person for the first time and that is something he would tackle if elected next month.

Mr Sandison promised a most comprehensive survey for users of the police service, asking for their thoughts.

Mr Wright said there should be a focus on reducing domestic violence, with victims receiving assistance as soon as possible, and more officers are needed on the beat.

Mr Johnston criticised the way consultation was carried out before the decision to close 17 front desks across Gwent.

He said morale in the local police force was “at an all-time low” and the solution was to talk to people in the face of cuts it has to make.

But Mr Webb said there was a danger of “consultation fatigue” and it needed to be effective.

The audience had a chance to question the candidates before they summed up.

Mr Sandison, like Mr Johnston in the Argus last month, urged voters to turn out and have their say on how they want their local police force to be run.

Once elected, PCCs are due to influence key decisions in their respective areas, from CCTV to tackling drug dealing.

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5:04pm Tue 9 Oct 12

On the inside says...

In the unlikley event that he wins, perhaps the Tory candidate could invest in a tie.
In the unlikley event that he wins, perhaps the Tory candidate could invest in a tie. On the inside
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3:30pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Serpent_terror says...

On the inside wrote:
In the unlikley event that he wins, perhaps the Tory candidate could invest in a tie.
dead right there
[quote][p][bold]On the inside[/bold] wrote: In the unlikley event that he wins, perhaps the Tory candidate could invest in a tie.[/p][/quote]dead right there Serpent_terror
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5:52pm Mon 15 Oct 12

Anne teak says...

I wrote to mr Sandison around four years ago.

I'm still waiting for a reply, so he won't be getting my vote.
I wrote to mr Sandison around four years ago. I'm still waiting for a reply, so he won't be getting my vote. Anne teak
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4:40pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Vikky says...

Nick Webb gets my vote. A fresh approach is what is needed and I believe that he is the man to offer this.
Nick Webb gets my vote. A fresh approach is what is needed and I believe that he is the man to offer this. Vikky
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2:50am Sun 21 Oct 12

sosparty says...

I am the unofficial candidate standing as Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner because I am not prepared to thrown a £5000 deposit down the drain.
Its a sad reflection on the Sussex voter that in all probability the Conservative candidate will win hands down, regardless of who the candidate is.
I am promoting a new concept in democracy called Guerrilla Democracy. Asking people to vote for me by spoiling their ballot papers by writing SOS on it.
www.sosparty.co.uk
I am the unofficial candidate standing as Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner because I am not prepared to thrown a £5000 deposit down the drain. Its a sad reflection on the Sussex voter that in all probability the Conservative candidate will win hands down, regardless of who the candidate is. I am promoting a new concept in democracy called Guerrilla Democracy. Asking people to vote for me by spoiling their ballot papers by writing SOS on it. www.sosparty.co.uk sosparty
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