Chris Williamson

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A candidate with local knowledge, vast experience and track record of delivering for Derbyshire

DERBYSHIRE needs a Labour Police and Crime Commissioner capable of standing up for our local area and fighting on behalf of its electorate.

The county needs someone capable of combating the Government’s austerity measures, with the experience to lobby against the relentless cuts which are threatening the very future of our police force.

And we need a Labour PCC who will put Derbyshire first, second and third, with a track record of delivering and the ability to lead in the face of fierce challenge from our political rivals.

That’s why Derbyshire needs Chris Williamson to be Labour candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner election.

Derbyshire born and bred, Chris is ready to build on his high profile throughout the county, having been a Labour Party member for 40 years and served as a public official for three decades.

As a former council leader and MP, Chris has the abundant experience to tackle this challenging role, twinned with the guts and determination to fight for the best possible police and public protection in our local area.

Chris has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the people who elected him throughout his political career and would continue to do this if elected, rather than simply being an elected layer of bureaucracy.

With his local knowledge and understanding, demonstrable dedication to the cause, wealth of experience as an elected official and remarkable track record delivering for local people, Chris Williamson is the candidate best placed to be Labour’s next Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire.

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Reducing crime so communities can feel safe

Putting policing first by fighting Tory proposals 

CHRIS Williamson is geared up and ready to fight a campaign to win the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in May.

With Tory cuts having already resulted in police officer jobs being cut and stations being closed, the former councillor and MP is well aware that innovative solutions are now required.

He said: “My campaign will of course focus on the need to oppose the Government’s austerity, but we also need to look at delivering the best possible police and public protection services for Derbyshire.

“We must focus on crime prevention, community engagement and targeted activity, as well as working with partners like other public sector bodies and voluntary organisations to tackle the fear of crime.

“We need to balance police visibility, making people feel safe in their homes, with positive action on cyber crime, terrorism, child sexual exploitation and domestic violence.

“And we need to work on breaking the cycles that cause crime.”

AS shadow communities minister during the last parliamentary term, Chris Williamson successfully outed and then derailed Tory plans to privatise fire services. 

Now Chris is ready to redraw the battle lines and fight against the Tory’s ideologically-driven anti-public sector programme on behalf of Derbyshire police services.

He said: “They’ve tried it with our fire services, they’re doing it by the backdoor with our health services and it is inevitable that they will try to do the same with our police services.

“As a Labour Police and Crime Commissioner my stance would be simple: there will be no privatisation here.

“Our emergency services, including the police service must always be owned by the public, for the public.

“Whether we’re talking about frontline policing or back office support, police services need to remain publicly operated so the bottom line remains focused on service delivery, and not about private profits.”

 

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