There much debate over the role of the PCC being politicised, and that the PCC should be chosen on his or her personal merits, "not on the colour of the campaign rosette” I agree - Let's put People before politics!
People are absolutely right to question whether electing someone that wishes to exercise political clout may give rise to a conflict of interest, but let me explain my view as a candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner. I am standing as the Labour candidate to ensure that voters understand the values that I will bring to the role, as well as my professional and leadership experience. I am talking about fairness, justice, truth and a recognition that working together we can build a better society. These are so important for policing.
Tony Hogg has shown to his credit that rising above party politics is a critically important part of the role and I believe that makes me his natural successor. But I will represent all the people of Devon and Cornwall fairly, and both support and challenge local and national governments of whatever political colour. This includes ensuring that the most disadvantaged in our society get their fair share of policing as I strongly believe that social justice is a route to a better society.
What’s more, if I am elected on May 5th you will be able to judge me on my record as I’ll be standing again for Labour in 2020.