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Last week, Bristol West Labour members were invited to hear from the three Labour candidates for Avon and Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). The candidates set out their pitch for the CLP nomination to take on the incumbent and independent candidate Sue Mountstevens; this was followed by a ballot among members.    

Lifelong Labour member and former chair of Bristol West CLP, Kerry Barker, Former Army officer and Chair of Bath CLP, Ron Laden and Easton Councillor, Afzal Shah shared their vision for the role and how they would tackle the problems faced by Avon and Somerset Police Force. 

We are very pleased to announce that Kerry Barker is our CLP’s nominated candidate. Followed by Cllr Afzal Shah and in third, Ron Laden.

All three candidates had expressed their concerns about the number of Chief Constables the force has had under Mountstevens as well as highlighting the need for investment in technology and improve community policing.      

Kerry will be a fantastic PCC. He is a very experienced barrister with a special interest in criminal cases involving abuse of children, young vulnerable adults, the elderly and sufferers of dementia. He has seen first-hand the impact that the role of PCC has had on the police force and argues that Labour should be committed to the abolition of Police and Crime Commissioners. Kerry believes technology should play a key role in supporting officers in rural communities.

“The police are an important part of our public services.  The people who suffer most from crime are the underprivileged and disadvantaged.  The poorer members of our communities.  The very people we all came into politics to serve.”

We wish Kerry luck with being selected as Labour’s official candidate.

 

The PCC election will take place on Thursday 5th May 2016. 

Bristol West members nominate Kerry Barker to be Labour’s Avon and Somerset PCC candidate.

Last week, Bristol West Labour members were invited to hear from the three Labour candidates for Avon and Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). The candidates set out their pitch...

Bristol West’s Thangam Debbonaire is one of the new intake of MPs to benefit from Jeremy Corbyn’s January reshuffle. We are very pleased to announce that Thangam has been appointed as a Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport.

Thangam’s role will focus on the culture part of the brief, which provides her with a fantastic opportunity to share what makes Bristol such a vibrant and cultural city.

As a former professional cellist, the role is a great fit for Thangam. Both Thangam and the Labour Party have an extremely strong record of supporting the arts. We know Thangam will do a great job of voicing support and campaigning for the arts in and outside of Parliament.

Thangam will be making a phased return to Parliament over the coming week. We look forward to seeing her back in the house and taking on her new role.

Follow Thangam on twitter or visit her website at www.debbonaire.co.uk

Thangam Debbonaire takes on culture brief in Parliament.

Bristol West’s Thangam Debbonaire is one of the new intake of MPs to benefit from Jeremy Corbyn’s January reshuffle. We are very pleased to announce that Thangam has been appointed...

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