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.