Candidate for county police and crime commissioner visits town

Lee Barron, the Labour Party's candidate for police commissioner for Northamptonshire, during a visit to Corby
Lee Barron, the Labour Party's candidate for police commissioner for Northamptonshire, during a visit to Corby

Labour’s candidate for Northamptonshire’s police and crime commissioner, Lee Barron, visited Corby and gave residents a pledge to fight policing cuts.

The first ever elections for police and crime commissioners will be held in November by the 41 police force areas in England and Wales, outside of London.

Commissioners will have a mandate from the public to drive the fight against crime and anti-social behaviour and will also decide policing strategy and force budgets.

Mr Barron, Midlands regional secretary of the Communication Workers Union and chairman of the Midlands TUC, was welcomed by Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Corby and East Northants, Andy Sawford.

Mr Barron said: “I am a local person, born and raised in Northamptonshire, and I am committed to working hard for all the towns and villages across the county. Different areas have different priorities and over the coming months I will be working with Labour’s team of councillors, along with Andy Sawford, to talk with local residents and businesses, as well as people who work in the criminal justice system, to understand how best I can serve people in Corby and East Northamptonshire if I am elected as the police commissioner. “

Mr Barron, who was announced as Labour’s candidate last week, has pledged to fight police cuts, keep officers on the beat, campaign for a swift response from police for victims of anti-social behaviour, work to turn Northamptonshire’s streetlights back on and to protect the force from political interference to ensure they serve all communities.

Mr Sawford said: “I am delighted that Lee Barron has been selected as Labour’s police and crime commissioner candidate in Northamptonshire, and in doing so has launched five key pledges that show how he will serve people in the county.

“The Government’s decision to slash the policing budget by 20 per cent will lead to 16,000 fewer police officers on our streets, including 148 fewer here in the county.

“We need real change to make our streets safer. We need to prioritise neighbourhood policing, take anti-social behaviour seriously, back common sense policing with police and local authorities working together, and build strong communities with respect to all and responsibility by all.”

Adam Simmonds is the Conservative candidate for police commissioner and John Norrie and Matt Stockdale are independent candidates.