Wiltshire police and crime commissioner results

  • 16 November 2012
  • From the section Wiltshire

Angus Macpherson from the Conservative party has been elected police and crime commissioner for Wiltshire.

Find out more about the candidates below.


Image caption Mr Batchelor is a businessman based in Warminster and has been a town councillor for 17 years

Paul Batchelor has worked as a town councillor for 17 years and has also served as district and county councillor during that period.

He is a businessman in Warminster who runs a bike shop and is the current chair of the Warminster Neighbourhood Police Tasking Group.

His election pledges are to tackle anti-social behaviour, drug-related crime and victim support.

He also aims to increase policing presence in rural areas and market towns.

Paul Batchelor's election statement


Image caption Mr Macpherson said he would work closely with local authorities if elected

Angus Macpherson is an accountant who has previously served as a borough councillor in Swindon and as a member of the police authority.

Mr Macpherson is also a trustee of several Wiltshire charities.

His election pledges are to help reduce crime, reoffending and improve efficiency.

He also hopes to "make the criminal justice system better for victims, in a transparent and accountable way".

Angus Macpherson's election statement


Image caption Ms Moody previously stood as a Labour parliamentary candidate for Salisbury

Clare Moody is currently a Unite official and previously stood as a Labour candidate for Salisbury in the 2005 general election.

Ms Moody said she believed the commissioner should "work closely" and "not in opposition" with Wiltshire Police.

She has pledged to spend as much money as possible on policing and to "actively communicate with the communities of Wiltshire through regular meetings, community groups and the local media".

Clare Moody's election statement

JOHN SHORT - UK Independence Party

Image caption Mr Short is a former deputy chief executive of Swindon Borough Council

John Short is a former deputy chief executive of Swindon Borough Council.

Mr Short said that during his time at the council he learnt how to deliver a quality front-line public service.

He said he was the best placed candidate to work with the chief constable to identify and understand the potential savings that can be made from the current Wiltshire police budget without having to "wield the axe".

Mr Short said he had managed a workforce of more than 3,500 people and worked with a budget of over £65m.

John Short's election statement

LIAM SILCOCKS - Independent

Image caption Mr Silcocks has said he will set up an independent panel to review any historical police complaints

Liam Silcocks, who is standing as an independent, currently works in IT/telecoms and has previously worked for the Citizens Advice Bureau.

He is an anti police corruption campaigner who has said he would set up an independent panel, if elected, to review any historical complaints against the Wiltshire force.

The candidate said he believed the PCC should be "a transparent interface" between the police and the public, and hold the police accountable on behalf of the public for policing and crime issues.

Mr Silcocks also said he would suspend use of the LTi 20-20 speed gun by the force pending an investigation into its accuracy.

Liam Silcocks's election statement

COLIN SKELTON - Independent

Colin Skelton has worked for 20 years in counter terrorism research, policy and training in the civil service.

Image caption Mr Skelton has said he will resist any government attempt at privatisation

Mr Skelton has pledged to better fund school initiatives to help keep troubled youngsters away from crime.

He has also pledged to resist government attempts to privatise parts of the police force.

He added that "private companies will not be transparent and will be unaccountable to us, as deaths in custody involving private companies have shown".

Colin Skelton's election statement

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