After the farcical circumstances that forced Bob Ashford to stand down as a PCC candidate due to an event that happened when he was thirteen, the Labour Party have moved swiftly to announce Ashford’s replacement as PCC candidate, following endorsement by the NEC.
Dr John Savage CBE – who came second in the original selection – will take over as Labour’s Candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon & Somerset. Savage is a well known business person in the Bristol area.
On becoming the Labour candidate, he said:
“It is an honour to be Labour’s Candidate in this election. I am determined to use my skills and experience to stand up for local communities in these elections. I fully understand the need for a new approach to resource allocation in these testing economic times but the Government is making the wrong choices on crime, taking frontline police off the streets, weakening powers to deal with anti-social behaviour, and opening the door to the privatisation of core services – I will fight the impact of these reckless changes.”