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University hosts Cheshire Police Commissioner hustings
10:00am Wednesday 24th October 2012 in News
COUNTY residents will have their chance to quiz the Cheshire Police Crime Commissioner candidates at a hustings at the University of Chester tomorrow, Thursday.
Organised by the university’s Debating Society, the event is the only one of its kind taking place in Cheshire ahead of national elections next month, and involves all five candidates for the position.
Police and Crime Commissioners are a new idea for England and Wales and the first incumbents will take their posts in November of this year.
Speaking at the hustings, which take place in the Main Lecture Theatre at the University’s Riverside Campus on Thursday, October 25, will be:
- Ainsley Arnold (Liberal Democrats)
- Louise Bours (UK Independence Party)
- John Dwyer (Conservative)
- Sarah Flannery (Independent)
- John Stockton (Labour)
Police and Crime Commissioners are elected representatives whose aim is to secure the maintenance of an efficient and effective police force within their area and to hold the Chief Constable to account.
They will be charged with overseeing police funds and raising the local policing precept from council tax, as well as being responsible for the appointment and any suspension or dismissal of the Chief Constable.
Matthew Lambert, the Society’s Chairman, said: “This is the first election of its kind in the England and Wales, and this is your opportunity to hear from the candidates and to determine who deserves your vote on November 15.”
Members of the public are welcome to attend the hustings, which starts at 7pm.