Patrick LeonardPatrick Leonard has been selected by Labour to contest the election to be Cumbria's first ever Police and Crime Commissioner .

Mr Leonard, from Cockermouth, is a former Chief Executive of Allerdale District Council and is currently Director of a social housing association in Carlisle.

Labour’s candidate was selected by an all postal ball ot of party members in the Cumbria Police force area.

Announcing the result, Labour’s Shadow Home Affairs Minister, Chris Bryant said:

“We have an excellent candidate in Patrick who will bring his vast experience to the role.

“You don't have to win mastermind to work out you don’t cut crime by cutting the police. Cumbria is losing over 88 police officers because of the Tory-led government's funding cuts. That is a ludicrous gamble with public safety and people are rightly anxious about the effect it will have on the fight against crime.

“Patrick will stand up to this government and fight the cuts in front-line policing. He will keep officers on the beat, not just rely on PCSOs or hand policing over to private companies. He will ensure a strong and swift response to antisocial behaviour.


"And he will give the police the tools they need to tackle crime, not compromise police indepedence.”

Patrick Leonard, Labour's candidate for Cumbria Police & Crime Commissioner said:

"I would like to express my thanks to those Labour Party members who have helped me to become selected as the candidate to stand in November's election.

"I am very aware of the serious responsibility this now places on me, to ensure that we mount an effective campaign in Cumbria.

"We are lucky to live in such a safe area and have a good Police service. What I aim to do, if elected as Police and Crime Commissioner, is support the Chief Constable as he tries to ensure that local communities are protected despite the Tory cuts to his budget."