The North East’s three Police & Crime Commissioners have been re-selected as Labour candidates to fight elections next year.
Vera Baird in Northumbria, Ron Hogg in Durham and Barry Coppinger in Cleveland will seek re-election as Police & Crime Commissioners at elections on Thursday 5th May 2016.
The announcement follows a vote by Constituency Labour Parties and organisations affiliated to the Labour Party in each of the police force areas.
Vera Baird QC said:
"I am delighted to have been reselected as the Labour candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner and I reaffirm my commitment to the people of Northumbria. It has been an immense privilege to be the Police Commissioner since I was elected in 2012
"Northumbria Police are an excellent force, always in the top one two or three when police nationwide are being assessed. They are popular, highly motivated and determined to deliver top quality service.
"It is an honour to work alongside them and to have had the support of partners in local government and the voluntary and community sector to pursue my Police and Crime Plan aims of putting victims first, tackling domestic and sexual abuse, and anti-social behaviour, increasing community confidence and reducing crime. I look forward to further work with all of these excellent local organisations to make sure that in Northumbria we continue to be ahead of the game.
"Budget pressures remain a challenge despite the Conservative Chancellor’s recent announcements which did not tell the full story. The Chief Constable and I put neighbourhood policing first and I will continue to do my best to protect it despite government funding cuts.
"I will continue to visit local groups, businesses and residents across the force area - to ensure that we continue working together to ensure policing continues to meet the needs of communities across Northumbria."
Ron Hogg said:
"I am proud and delighted to have been re-selected as Labour’s candidate in Durham & Darlington. I would like give a big thank you to everyone who has supported me, now the hard work begins."
Barry Coppinger said:
“I am delighted that hundreds of Labour Party members have asked me to stand again for election as Police & Crime Commissioner for Cleveland.
“This is a responsible and challenging role and I believe my wide-ranging experience and involvement in many activities have made a positive difference for our communities, despite brutal government cuts to policing and other public services.
“There is much work to do and I welcome the opportunity to ask the public to support this vital work to keep our communities safe, going forward. I have always stood up for people locally and nationally and will continue to do so.”
Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, said:
“Under David Cameron, over 1500 police officers have been lost in the North East since 2010. Labour Police & Crime Commissioners have been at forefront of our campaign to stop the Tories cutting police funding further.
“In Vera, Ron and Barry the region has Police & Crime Commissioners dedicated to protecting front-line policing with a proven track-record in fighting for their communities. I look forward to campaigning alongside them in Labour’s campaign for May’s election.”