Police and Crime Commissioners – Labour’s candidates

June 18, 2012 10:36 am

The headline selections are John Prescott’s selection in Humberside – a return to frontline politics, but if you follow him on Twitter it feels like he was never away – and Alun Michael’s selection in South Wales, which as he is a sitting MP, will trigger a November by-election in his Cardiff South and Penarth constituency.

Alun’s son Tal has also been selected as a candidate in North Wales.

Labour’s PCC candidates 

Avon and Somerset – Bob Ashford

Bedfordshire – Olly Martins

Cambridgeshire – Ed Murphy

Cheshire – John Stockton

Cleveland – Barry Coppinger

Cumbria – Patrick Leonard

Derbyshire - Alan Charles

Devon and Cornwall - Nicky Williams

Dorset – Rachael Rogers

Durham – Ron Hogg

Dyfed Powys – Christine Gwyther

Essex – Val Cook

Gloucestershire – Rupi Dhanda

Greater Manchester – Tony Lloyd

Gwent – Hamish Sandison

Hampshire – Jacqui Rayment

Hertforshire – Sherma Batson

Humberside – John Prescott

Kent – Harriet Yeo

Lancashire – Clive Grunshaw

Leicestershire – Sarah Russell

Lincolnshire – Phil Dilks

Merseyside – Jane Kennedy

Norfolk – Steve Morphew

North Wales – Tal Michael

Northamptonshire - Lee Barron

Northumbria – Vera Baird

Nottinghamshire – Paddy Tipping

South Wales – Alun Michael

North Yorkshire – Ruth Potter

South Yorkshire – Shaun Wright

Staffordshire – Joy Garner

Suffolk – Jane Basham

Surrey – Robert Evans

Sussex – Godfrey Daniel

Thames Valley – Tim Starkey

Warwickshire – James Plaskitt

West Mercia – Simon Murphy

West Mids – Bob Jones

West Yorkshire – Mark Burns-Williamson

Wiltshire – Clare Moody


  • Tom

    North Yorkshire – Ruth Potter

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=674618878 Tyron Wilson

    Essex – Val Morris-Cook

  • Charlie_Mansell

    What happened in Surrey? I’m just over the border in Greater London and since this is the election near us and there are 2013 Surrey County seats that could be targeted in Oct/Nov this year, it would be helpful to know who the Labour candidate is. Thanks for any info.

    • Charlie_Mansell

      Just looked at the Party site and it seems former London Labour MEP, Robert Evans has been selected. Excellent news if that is the case. He is well known to party members across Surrey and South London and can lead targeting of Surrey County seats in the coming months

  • Jonny Plymouth

    Devon and Cornwall – Cllr Nicky Williams

  • hp

    Oh God, that’s all we need:  another costly leyer of bureaucracy.
    And embedding Party politics into policing, too.
    Incredible.
    If I wrote what I thought of whoever came up with this, I am sure it would be modded out.

  • john P Reid

    It’ sbeen pointed out that there’s no pressure for Labour members to vote for the SDLP in Northern Ireland, When Barbara Castle went to the lords ,She went with one  intention to dismantle it from the inside, the POLICE should be Independent of political control and as Pointed out in the Telegraph they won’t be able to do what the Public think they can promise,
     WE should boycott these Elections we voted agsint introducing them,the Police shouldn’t be politically controlled.

  • http://www.facebook.com/siobhan.omalley.737 Siobhan O’Malley

    Good to see Paul Richards, the author of a book called ‘How to Win an Election’ who twice stood for parliament unsuccessfully, has lost another election in Sussex. Lolworthy.

    • http://twitter.com/mistyblulabour dave stone

      Must be a case of  ‘do as I say, not as I do’…

      • AlanGiles

        Paul Richards failed – oh dear, how sad, never mind.

        I bet us “hard leftists” are in for a good thrashing in his article on Thursday :-)

        • http://www.facebook.com/siobhan.omalley.737 Siobhan O’Malley

          Hope so!

          • ThePurpleBooker

            You are still here! Please defect to Respect or SWP. I want Labour to win the next election.

  • Brumanuensis

    Surprised that Paul Richards wasn’t selected for Sussex. I’d thought he was the front-runner, but I suppose that’s what happens when you only rely on the internet to gauge the popularity of a candidate.

    Very pleased to see that James Plaskitt has been selected for Warwickshire and Ruth Potter for North Yorkshire. They’re both thoroughly nice people and they’d make excellent PCCs. Also pleased that Bob Jones, who got my vote for West Midlands PCC candidate, has been selected.

    • http://twitter.com/_DaveTalbot David Talbot

      Am I being deem, but why is there a Warks PCC and then  a West Mids? The former is of course in the latter. Is the ‘West Mids’ region basically all of Birmingham?

      And yes, good to see Plaskitt selected. Will be tough though

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrea-Parma/578831001 Andrea Parma

         West Midlands police authority is Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull and Walsall

        • Brumanuensis

          A yes, I’d forgotten Coventy, Solihull and Sandwell. Thanks Andrea.

      • Brumanuensis

        There’s the West Midlands region and the West Midlands Metropolitan area (Birmingham, Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton). The region includes Shropshire, Staffordshire, Hereford and Worcestershire, the metropolitan West Midlands and Warwickshire.

        I’m of the view it was a mistake to separate Birmingham and Coventry from God’s Own County (Warwickshire obviously).

  • Robert_Crosby

    I worry that some Party members across the country have placed their faith in people who aren’t really worthy.  Some of the candidates very much fall into the category of “being after a job” and one or two didn’t emerge very well from the expenses scandal.  It’s ironic that the Blairites are the ones who tend to lecture the rest of us that we need to be more “outward-looking” and consider more closely what members of the electorate think?

    • AlanGiles

      Prescott – involved heavily  in the expenses scandal and some pretty seedy goings-on in general, and he is considered to be of a suitable level of integrity to be a police commissioner?

      Either Labour are having a laugh or they are showing deep contempt for honest voters.

      • Robert_Crosby

        You have to wonder what it will take to convince some of them that they’ve “had their day” and that it’s time retired gracefully.  Party members have had a real opportunity to draw a line under some of the nonsense of the recent past in these ballots, but it looks like many have voted in favour of establishment” candidates – for whatever reason.  A crying shame that will hopefully not become a tragedy for us.

  • Cari_esky

    The turn out will be very low.  The people who will vote though will be the hang um and flog um brigade.  

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=683417043 Simon Whitten

     It’ a shame the shortlisting committees didn’t think members could be trusted with a choice in so many areas. Candidates should never be elected ‘unopposed’ when there is more than one applicant.

    They’re usually a little more subtle about making sure their preferred candidate getsthe job.

  • Dan Mccurry

    We have a Hollywood actor in Cambridgeshire?

    • Brumanuensis

      Well who’s better than Axel Foley to run the police?

      • treborc1

         Thought it was Arnie, I’ll be back… he’s  about ready for a new task.

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  • AlanGiles


    Alun’s son Tal has also been selected as a candidate in North Wales”

    Nepotism is alive and well in Labour in 2012. How comforting to be reassured of that.

    • @CllrJonSHarvey

      You ought to know that Tal was Chief Executive of the NW Police Authority before he resigned his post to campaign to be the PCC – so not nepotism at all – instead rather a lot of experience and knowledge of police governance.

      • AlanGiles

        We all remember Alun though, he was one of Blair’s most obsequious cheerleaders – the toadies toady.

        • @CllrJonSHarvey

          Mr Giles – I understand that may be your opinion – but I sincerely doubt you could find any evidence to back it up.

          And I also note that you have not acknowledged my ealier point about Tal himself (the essence of your earlier posting) since that does not conform to your world view.

          You could be gracious and recognise that Tal has been selected on his own merit rather than attribute it to nepotism.

          • AlanGiles

            If you went back and listened to some of the ultra-loyal interviews Micheal did for BBC Radio in the late 90s I think you could form a conclusion.

            I still think there are too many family affairs in politics (not just Labour I hasten to add) Jack and Will, Mr & Mrs Dromey, now Michaels fils and pere’ – it’s just the other way round this time.

            Can anyone doubt most of these appointments are for services rendered by old friends?

          • @CllrJonSHarvey

            “If you went back and listened to the tapes of Alan Giles talking in the 90′s, you could see he was destined to become a troll even then: it was the ~way~ he said things and the tonality of the last three words of every sentence and the fact that he would never admit a mistake – ever -  that gave it away…………………..”

            But darn it – those tapes are long lost now…

            So out of three examples (which I can’t be bothered to disect) – you extrapolate to a general trend that “most of these appointments” are familial etc.

            Hmmm

          • AlanGiles

            Don’t put words into my mouth Cllr Harvey.

            Did you never hear Michael rushing onto BBC Radio to defend the early Blair administration?.

            Frankly your opening paragraph is otiose, since I am did not and do not have political ambitions of my own, and there are no tapes of me, and I resent the implication that I am a troll. If I am not mistaken you made several appearances on LL at the time you were attempting to become a Police Commissioner, so LL is as free for me to use as yourself – except I am not after a job.

            I still believe in the traditional values of the Labour party - unfortunately the smart little kids who have come along in the past decade or so don’t and if you happen to believe – as I do – that Purnell was wrong to institute Freud – especially after he officially became a Tory,and the man is a menace have caused untold distess on seriously ill and disabled people – a lot of these kids thionk you are a dangerous leftie!..
            well if that is the way the party is going to continue, you must forgive me if i don’t go along with it.

          • @CllrJonSHarvey

            My recollection is Mr Michael doing what any Minister does – asserting the Government’s policy and explaining the reasons for it. It is you who have put an extra layer of interpretation on that.

            I was not putting words in your mouth – I was using sarcasm to challenge your assertions of what you ‘know’ – clearly not very effectively. Sorry about that.

            And my opening paragraph was “lazy indolent and of no use”. I thought it was quite creative and maybe a bit funny. Which only goes to show how two people can see the same thing and have such differing interpretations of it.

            From wikipedia “In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts  inflammatory  extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community”

            Your opening line in response to my (helpful – I hope) posting about Lab PCC candidates’ twitter handles was “Nepotism is alive and well in Labour in 2012. How comforting to be reassured of that”. In my book that qualifies as a) off topic and b) inflammatory. Therefore in my view you are a troll. You may believe that your contributions are a) relevant b) insightful c) urbane d) worthwhile or e) something else – as I do not want to put words in your mouth… (how would you describe your contributions?)

            Others can make their own judgements. 

            You say you “still believe in the traditional values of the Labour party”. I have been a member of the Labour party for over 25 years – so I think I know a little about these traditional values too. For me those values do not include insulting people. If you said what you said at a face to face meeting of LP members, I suspect that you would be told it was inappropriate. I think it is inappropriate here too.

            I am afraid I do not understand most of your last paragraph. But you conclude with the words “well if that is the way the party is going to continue, you must forgive me if i don’t go along with it”. I will just say that no one is compelling you to go along with anything and I will forgive you if you choose not to anymore.

          • AlanGiles

            Thanks for your extremely pompous reply.

            I joined labour in 1963 and stayed till the antics of New Labour become far too unplatable for me. The Purnell/Freud affair was the final straw.The fact is there are far too many family connections with too many people in politics.

            You think I am a “troll”. I won’t even tell you what I think you are, Mr Harvey (but you might be able to make an informed guess).

            Bad luck you were not succesful in your job application BTW

          • @CllrJonSHarvey

            Why are you so angry Alan?

          • derek

            CllrJohnSHarvey, I seem to recall a situation Alun was involved in some years ago.I think he was a secretary of state at the time and resigned his position over this incident. I think he was cautioned by police but I can’t recall whether or not he was charged? so I’m thinking his chance of being a police commissioner seem somewhat curtailed by his form? 

  • @CllrJonSHarvey

    As far as I know – these are the twitter addresses of all
    the Labour PCC candidates where they have them to my knowledge. Most I know to
    be accurate – but there are a couple where I am not sure. So if you discover
    any mistakes – do please let us know by adding a comment.  Thanks.

    Avon and Somerset – Bob Ashford @BobAshford1

    Bedfordshire – Olly Martins @ollymartins

    Cambridgeshire – Ed Murphy @ValMorrisCook

    Cheshire – John Stockton > not on twitter?

    Cleveland – Barry Coppinger @Coppinger4pcc

    Cumbria – Patrick Leonard > not on twitter?

    Derbyshire – Alan Charles @AC4PCC

    Devon and Cornwall – Nicky Williams > not on twitter?

    Dorset – Rachael Rogers @DorsetRachel

    Durham – Ron Hogg > not on twitter?

    Dyfed Powys – Christine Gwyther > not on twitter?

    Essex – Val Cook > not on twitter?

    Gloucestershire – Rupi Dhanda > not on twitter?

    Greater Manchester – Tony Lloyd @tony4gtrmcr

    Gwent – Hamish Sandison @HamishSandison

    Hampshire – Jacqui Rayment @jacwee67

    Hertforshire – Sherma Batson @shermabats

    Humberside – John Prescott @johnprescott

    Kent – Harriet Yeo @shookyshiner

    Lancashire – Clive Grunshaw @Clive4LancsPCC

    Leicestershire – Sarah Russell @SarahWestcotes

    Lincolnshire – Phil Dilks @fairdealphil

    Merseyside – Jane Kennedy @jane4merseyside

    Norfolk – Steve Morphew @SteveMorphew

    North Wales – Tal Michael @TalMichael

    Northamptonshire – Lee Barron > not on twitter?

    Northumbria – Vera Baird @Vera4PCC

    Nottinghamshire – Paddy Tipping > not on twitter?

    South Wales – Alun Michael @alunmichaelmp

    North Yorkshire – Ruth Potter > not on twitter?

    South Yorkshire – Shaun Wright > not on twitter?

    Staffordshire – Joy Garner @button1001

    Suffolk – Jane Basham @Jane_Basham

    Surrey – Robert Evans @RobertJEEvans

    Sussex – Godfrey Daniel 
    > not on twitter?

    Thames Valley – Tim Starkey > not on twitter?

    Warwickshire – James Plaskitt > not on twitter?

    West Mercia – Simon Murphy @murphyslaw4pcc

    West Mids – Bob Jones > not on twitter?

    West Yorkshire – Mark Burns-Williamson > not on twitter?

    Wiltshire – Clare Moody @ClareMMoody
     

    • Chris

      Nicky Williams – @nickyjwilliams

      Val Morris-Cook – @valmorriscook:disqus 

      Rupi Dhanda – @2getherwithrupi:disqus 

      Shaun Wright – @shaun4sypcc:disqus 

      • @CllrJonSHarvey

         Brilliant – thanks – I will update my list

      • @CllrJonSHarvey

        UPDATED with a few extras c/o Chris and some twitter lists:

         

        As far as I know – these are the twitter addresses of all
        the Labour PCC candidates where they have them to my knowledge. Most I know to
        be accurate – but there are a couple where I am not sure. So if you discover
        any mistakes – do please let us know by adding a comment.  Thanks.

         

        Avon and Somerset – Bob Ashford @BobAshford1

        Bedfordshire – Olly Martins @ollymartins

        Cambridgeshire – Ed Murphy @ValMorrisCook

        Cheshire – John Stockton @JStocktonPCC

        Cleveland – Barry Coppinger @Coppinger4pcc

        Cumbria – Patrick Leonard > not on twitter?

        Derbyshire – Alan Charles @AC4PCC

        Devon and Cornwall – Nicky Williams @nickyjwilliams

        Dorset – Rachael Rogers @DorsetRachel

        Durham – Ron Hogg > not on twitter?

        Dyfed Powys – Christine Gwyther > not on twitter?

        Essex – Val Morris-Cook @valmorriscook

        Gloucestershire – Rupi Dhanda @2getherwithrupi

        Greater Manchester – Tony Lloyd @tony4gtrmcr

        Gwent – Hamish Sandison @HamishSandison

        Hampshire – Jacqui Rayment @jacwee67

        Hertforshire – Sherma Batson @shermabats

        Humberside – John Prescott @johnprescott

        Kent – Harriet Yeo @shookyshiner

        Lancashire – Clive Grunshaw @Clive4LancsPCC

        Leicestershire – Sarah Russell @SarahWestcotes

        Lincolnshire – Phil Dilks @fairdealphil

        Merseyside – Jane Kennedy @jane4merseyside

        Norfolk – Steve Morphew @SteveMorphew

        North Wales – Tal Michael @TalMichael

        Northamptonshire – Lee Barron > not on twitter?

        Northumbria – Vera Baird @Vera4PCC

        Nottinghamshire – Paddy Tipping > not on twitter?

        South Wales – Alun Michael @alunmichaelmp

        North Yorkshire – Ruth Potter > not on twitter?

        South Yorkshire – Shaun Wright @shaun4sypcc

        Staffordshire – Joy Garner @button1001

        Suffolk – Jane Basham @Jane_Basham

        Surrey – Robert Evans @RobertJEEvans

        Sussex – Godfrey Daniel > not on twitter?

        Thames Valley – Tim Starkey > not on twitter?

        Warwickshire – James Plaskitt @JamesPlaskitt10

        West Mercia – Simon Murphy @murphyslaw4pcc

        West Mids – Bob Jones > not on twitter?

        West Yorkshire – Mark Burns-Williamson > not on twitter?

        Wiltshire – Clare Moody @ClareMMoody

        • Charlotte

          Would @ValMorrisCook not be Val Morris’ Twitter handle, rather than Ed Murphy’s?

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