Police and crime commissioner candidates announced


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The six candidates running for the role of police and crime commissioner has been announced.

Six candidates have thrown their hats in the ring for the role of police and crime commissioner.

The election on May 5 will see the choosing of a new person to oversee policing in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Commissioner Tony Hogg is not standing, nor is the runner-up from the first election in 2012, Barnstaple’s Brian Greenslade.

Anyone who wishes to vote must ensure they are registered by Monday (April 18) by contacting their district council.

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The candidates are: Gareth Derrick (Labour); Alison Hernandez (Conservative); William Morris (independent); Jonathan Smith (UKIP); Bob Spencer (ind) and Richard Younger-Ross (Liberal Democrats).

Barnstaple district councillor Brian Greenslade polled 37,243 votes last time but is not trying again, although he said he would like to.

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“Part of the reason I have delayed making a decision was to see who else would come forward to stand,” he said.

“In 2012, my campaign challenge was hampered by a number of other no-hope independents standing, which split the anti-Conservative vote.”

He also condemned the process, saying: “I have opposed this silly idea for directly elected police and crime commissioners from day one.

“It is more costly than the former police authorities and no more visible or accountable than they were. I understand this election in our area will cost some £2million.”

If you wish to register to vote, go to www.northdevon.gov.uk/elections or www.torridge.gov.uk/elections

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