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Outraged by this – you should be

The police elections became mired in further controversy earlier this week, after the release of an Electoral Commission briefing. It became clear just how the government has been ignoring their independent advice and steamrollering the Commission on the arrangements for … Continue reading

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Special Constables – perhaps not the solution but part of the answer?

At my launch in Louth yesterdayI homed in on the issue of special constables. We all know the economic outlook is gloomy and Lincolnshire police remain one of the worst funded in England and Wales.  I’ll fight for a better … Continue reading

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Conservative candidate forced out for refusing to join party

With great disappointment John Pye, who was to be the Conservative Police Commissioner candidate in Cambridgeshire has stood down.  This time nothing at all to do with minor criminal convictions 40 years ago. This is all to do with the … Continue reading

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Are the police a service or a force?

Public Order Policing is a tricky issue. One of the opponents in my campaign, Mervyn Barrett, an independent candidate believes that the police are a ‘service and not a force’.  I could not disagree more.  And the implications of having … Continue reading

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Another fine mess

The Home Office has long had a reputation for being one of the worst Departments of State. At present it’s surpassed even itself as the ‘top of the cock up’s’ department of government with Theresa May and Nick Herbert doing … Continue reading

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Flaws in the Crystal Ball.

Parliament may be in recess but that doesn’t stop the pundits or for that matter the political spin merchants from speculating on the outcome of the Police Commissioner elections. Conservativehome has used analysis by others to predict they will win … Continue reading

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Will we ever learn?

National publicity was given to the conviction of a man for attempted metal theft at the memorial in Warrington to those so tragically murdered by the IRA.  But what I found appalling was that metal theft from such a location … Continue reading

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Real public concern that minor crimes are ignored

From talking to people it’s clear there are lots of concerns about visible policing and anti social behaviour. Of course as the size of public sector budgets gets cut this will get even worse.  I do not have a script … Continue reading

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Tory MP refuses to support Conservative candidate.

Well the cat is finally out of the Conservative Party bag.  For the past 2 years everybody has been saying that politicians shouldn’t be standing to become Police Commissioners for fear of politicising the police. The Labour Party said it … Continue reading

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Dangers of putting so many eggs in one G4S basket.

Controversial G4S now run a substantial slice of Lincolnshire Police.  It’s claimed that it’s OK – it’s only the back office.  But as we all know, if the back office doesn’t work then neither will the front. I’m not philosophically … Continue reading

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