I’m standing as an Independent Candidate because I believe the Police can best protect us against crime if they are free from Party Political interference.
Party Politics has its place in local democracy, but not in the context of Police accountability. A candidate nominated, supported and paid for by a Political Party is the advocate of that Party.
I believe the Police Commissioner must speak for YOU, the people, because the priority of the Commissioner must be your policing requirements, as residents of Hampshire & the Isle of Wight, not those of a Political Party in London.
So the Police Commissioner needs to be free to defend policing and justice from Government policies that are wrong for us in Hampshire and the Island, and to work with Government when their policies are right.
I believe that a Commissioner with an allegiance to a Political Party will not be able to properly challenge their own Party. There will always be the question, when they choose a course of action, as to whether they did so because it was right for you or because they were ordered to from above.
The role of Police & Crime Commissioner demands absolute integrity and openness.
I’m standing as an Independent, non Party Political candidate, because I believe that the Commissioner must be free from the influences of Party Politics - free to be your voice without interference from Party masters in Westminster.
Your Police, Your Community, Your Call