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Police commissioner: who will get your vote?

Police on patrol in Peterborough. Photo: Rowland Hobson

Police on patrol in Peterborough. Photo: Rowland Hobson

 

Meet the candidates hoping to become Cambridgeshire’s first elected Police & Crime Commissioner, when voters go to the polls on Thursday, 15 November.

In Cambridgeshire, the winning candidate will take home an annual salary of nearly £70,000 while running the force which has a budget of about £100 million a year.

It is the first time the post has been elected, replacing the 17 members of the police authority with one elected commissioner.

Despite it being the first of its kind, turnout at the election is expected to be low, prompting calls for residents to get out and vote from the Government.

David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said: “These are big, important elections coming up. It’s the first time they are being held.

“People are going to be voting in their own law and order champion: one person who sets the budgets, sets the priorities; hires and fires the chief constable; bangs heads together to get things done.

“If you want more tough policing, you can get it. If you want coppers who are on the beat, on your street, cracking down on anti-social behaviour, focusing on the things you care about then don’t just talk about it, get out on November 15 and vote for it.”

Poll cards in Peterborough have already been sent to all registered voters with details on where to cast your votes.

Polling stations are listed on Peterborough City Council’s website at www.peterborough.gov.uk

The election will use the supplementary vote system rather than first past post system used in elections for MPs and councillors.

Ballot papers will include two columns, one for voters to mark their first choice and one in which to mark a second choice, although voters are not required to make a second choice if they do not wish to.

All the first choices are then counted and if a candidate has more than 50 per cent of the votes they are elected.

If no candidate has a clear majority, the top two candidates continue to a second round and everyone else is eliminated.

The second-choice votes of everyone whose first choice has been eliminated are then counted. Any votes for the remaining candidates are then added to their first-round totals.

Whichever candidate has the most votes after these second preferences have been allocated is declared the winner.

In Cambridgeshire electors have a choice of seven candidates; two independents, one each of the main national parties, one from United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) and one from the English Democrats.

The election fight has already caused controversy in the county when the original Tory party candidate stepped down because of internal politics.

To help you decide who to vote, we put five questions to each candidate.

These are: What should the police and crime commissioner be doing?; How do you justify the salary?; How will you judge success in your first year?; What would you do for Peterborough, ensuring it doesn’t get forgotten after the rest of the county?; What would be your super power?

 

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