City MPs back Jacqui for new police commissioner job

Daily Echo: City MPs back Jacqui for new police commissioner job City MPs back Jacqui for new police commissioner job

Southampton’s MPs have publicly backed Hampshire Police Authority boss Jacqui Rayment as Labour’s candidate for the county’s new £80,000-a-year police commissioner.

Cllr Rayment has been chairman of the authority for the past six years and is the deputy leader of Southampton City Council, serving as a councillor for 15 years.

Southampton Itchen MP John Denham said: “Over the past five years crime in Hampshire has fallen.

“But at a time when the police service is facing Government cuts of 20 per cent we need a police commissioner who will stand up for Hampshire and not be afraid to speak out about the dangers of crime and antisocial behaviour.”

Test MP Alan Whitehead added: “Set against a backdrop of cutbacks, falling numbers of bobbies and police privatisation, only a Labour police and crime commissioner will fight against reckless government cuts to the service which keeps us safe.”

Labour members in Hampshire are in the process of selecting the party’s candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections, due to take place on November 15.

Cllr Rayment is up against Alan Hagger, a Winchester Labour activist.

Tories are giving the public a chance to choose their top two candidates from a shortlist of six next month.

They are Roger Ainsley, a rear admiral from Southsea; Christopher Brannigan, a lieutenant colonel in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards from Winchester; Donna Jones, a magistrate and Portsmouth city councillor; Mel Kendal, a county councillor from Milford on Sea; Michael Mates, a former East Hampshire MP for 36 years; and Sean Woodward, the leader of Fareham Borough Council.

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7:57pm Sat 2 Jun 12

SotonGreen says...

Although noone would doubt Jacquis dedication to the police authority and policing issues. I continue to question her ability to continue with her community portfolio responsibilities as well as provide effective representation of her Bevois constituents as she campaigns across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

On the wider election of a police commission I would argue it simply isnt needed with effective public representation through democratically elected representatives on the police authority. It is an expensive process costing taxpayers £100ks in salary and other costs

The election process is also profoundly undemocratic with a $5k deposit effectively preventing independents and smaller parties standing in the election. The issue of law and order and its priorities within our communities is too important to be carved up between the two large parties through the allocation of a bunch of cushy jobs for the boys/girls.
Although noone would doubt Jacquis dedication to the police authority and policing issues. I continue to question her ability to continue with her community portfolio responsibilities as well as provide effective representation of her Bevois constituents as she campaigns across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. On the wider election of a police commission I would argue it simply isnt needed with effective public representation through democratically elected representatives on the police authority. It is an expensive process costing taxpayers £100ks in salary and other costs The election process is also profoundly undemocratic with a $5k deposit effectively preventing independents and smaller parties standing in the election. The issue of law and order and its priorities within our communities is too important to be carved up between the two large parties through the allocation of a bunch of cushy jobs for the boys/girls. SotonGreen

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