Matthew Storey announced as Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for Cleveland
Matthew is a hardworking local councillor who has worked to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in his local area. He has engaged with senior Police officers since his election in 2016 and dealt with anti-social behaviour, crime and drug issues in his ward on a regular basis whilst securing more CCTV for the Town Centre. He has been a member of the Cleveland Police and Crime Panel since 2019 raising issues around domestic violence, the heroin assisted treatment programme and many other issues. Community Safety in his ward has always been a top priority for him.
Matthew Storey, speaking after the announcement, said:
“We need the police to be there for us but the Tories have taken the police off the streets over the past decade they’ve been in power. My priority is to get more police on the streets to keep people safe. Post-Covid we cannot balance the books on the back of our Police force and I will fight for more government funding and a reversal of the massive cuts we have had to face over the last 10 years.”
“People want to see a named, neighbourhood police officer they recognise on patrol and that is my commitment to local people. We need Police who know and understand their communities who are able to prevent crime taking place and that is what I will deliver.”
“Cleveland Police has a troubled history and we need a fresh start and new leadership. I am not complacent about the challenges we face and the people of Cleveland deserve a Police force they can trust to serve and protect them. The new Chief Constable is making good progress and I back him. I will work with the Chief to deliver the police force we need and deserve.”
“There are hardworking officers on the front line and they have been let down in the past. I will support them in doing their job to keep us safe.
“Our key workers, including the police, have done an amazing job over the past year but the Government decision not to give them a pay rise is an insult. I want Police officers in Cleveland to know I will speak up for them and demand they get the pay they deserve.”