Merseyside police and crime commissioner result
- 16 November 2012
- From the section Liverpool
Labour's Jane Kennedy has been elected police and crime commissioner for Merseyside.
Find out more about the candidates below.
GEOFFREY GUBB - Conservative
Wirral's Geoffrey Gubb has been chosen as the Conservative candidate.
If elected, Mr Gubb said he would work with communities to tackle issues of crime and anti-social behaviour across Merseyside and "focus less on the rights of the criminal and more on justice for the victims of crime''.
He said: "I will be looking at how we can keep crime falling. We need someone who will work with all the communities to make sure every penny we spend on policing is being well spent and that crime hotspots are tackled quickly and effectively."
HILARY JONES - UK Independence Party
Wirral magistrate Hilary Jones has been selected as the UKIP candidate for the election.
If elected, she plans to focus on building "a new confidence in the relationship between the police and the public", by treating "so-called low level crime with the same importance as other crimes".
"I would strive to make sure that all personnel working for Merseyside Police, and outside agencies working with the police, feel valued and that their achievements make Merseyside a better place for us all to live, work and relax in."
PAULA KEAVENEY - Liberal Democrats
Former Liverpool Council group leader and three-time Liverpool parliamentary candidate Paula Keaveney will represent the Liberal Democrats.
She is a former journalist and has worked for charities Action for Children and Save the Children. She is now a lecturer at Edge Hill University and is a published author.
If elected, Ms Keaveney said her priorities would be to make sure the police are more visible and that "resources prioritise front line work". She also wants to "work with communities to find ways of making our areas be safer and feel safer".
JANE KENNEDY - Labour
Former Liverpool Wavertree MP Jane Kennedy has been chosen as the Labour candidate.
She was originally elected by the Liverpool Broadgreen constituency, but after it was abolished in 1997 she went on to represent Liverpool Wavertree constituency.
If elected, Ms Kennedy said she would build public support for the police and their work. She said: "I will work hard to win the support of the people of Merseyside. I will fight privatisation and make a strong case for more resources for Merseyside."
KIRON REID - Independent
Kiron Reid is a lecturer in law at the University of Liverpool specialising in criminal law and police powers.
A former member of Merseyside Police Authority, Mr Reid was city councillor for Anfield for nine years. If elected, he said he would work with the police and the public on the ground not sitting in committees and "put money from administration into local youth and community projects".
He said he would "use the expertise from our universities to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour."
PAUL RIMMER - English Democrats
Paul Rimmer was born and bred in Liverpool before establishing a career in finance and journalism.
He said English Democrats believed that it was essential that the police officers be adequately trained and resourced but that police forces should be more democratically accountable than at present.
"If elected I shall show zero tolerance for political correctness in Merseyside policing and no compunction in dismissing the Chief Constable if that proves necessary to refocus Merseyside Police Force on catching real criminals."