Labour steps up Police and Crime Commissioner election campaign in the North

Ron Hogg and David HansonRon Hogg, Labour’s PCC Candidate for Durham & Darlington & David Hanson, the Shadow Police Minister went on the beat in Darlington Town Centre today as Labour stepped up its campaign in the Police & Crime Commissioner elections across the region.

Ron and David joined police officers and PCSOs patrolling to the town centre to gain an insight into their work.

The visit was part of the official launch of Labour’s national election campaign for the Police & Crime Commissioner elections. On Thursday 15 November people living in England and Wales can vote on policing and send a message to the Government about what they think of cutting 15,000 police officers.

In the North region, Labour is contesting all four elections. Former Assistant Chief Constable, Ron Hogg is standing in Durham & Darlington. Patrick Leonard is the Labour candidate for Cumbria, Vera Baird in Northumbria and Barry Coppinger is running to be Cleveland’s PCC.

After the patrol, Ron Hogg, Labour’s PCC Candidate for the Durham Police force area, said:

“The Tory-led Government has already cutting 144 police officers here in Durham & Darlington. I am standing to protect our communities and fight crime.

“If elected I will keep police on the beat, not hand over patrolling our streets to private companies, back a strong and swift response to antisocial behaviour and be tough on crime, and tough on the causes of crime.

“On 15 November vote on crime and policing and send a message to the Government about what you think of cutting our police officers.”

David Hanson, Labour’s Shadow Police Minister said:

“The Tory-led Government are cutting thousands of frontline police officers across the country. They are making it harder for the police to use CCTV to prevent and solve crime, and are scrapping ASBOs.

“And we all now know what the Tories really think of the police – they will defend Cabinet Ministers who swear at police officers and call them ‘plebs’.

“This is no way to fight crime and no way to work with the police. The Tories simply don’t get it. They brought us the millionaires’ tax cut while cutting 15,000 police officers.

“Labour is different. Our one nation approach is about delivering policies that match our values of fairness and decency, rooted in evidence of what works. Tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime.

“These elections are your chance to send a message to the Tory-led Government.”

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Editor’s notes:

Labour Police and Crime Commissioners pledge to:
• Stand up for communities against the Tories’ 20 per cent cuts to policing and the loss of at least 15,000 police officers.
• Keep police on the beat and out of their cars with neighbourhood policing, not leave it only to PCSOs.
• Not hand over patrolling our streets to private companies, we want police officers and PCSOs doing the job.
• Back a strong and swift response to antisocial behaviour. Victims should get a response within 24 hours and we will work to deliver this.
• Be tough on crime, and tough on the causes of crime. We will work in partnership with police, local people and councils to tackle and prevent crime.
• Protect the police from political interference by respecting the independence of the Chief Constable.