Rutland’s first police and crime commissioner candidates set for hot seat at hustings meeting

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The candidates for Rutland’s first police and crime commissioner are set to be quizzed on why they are right for the role at a special hustings meeting.

Members of the public will get the chance to ask questions to those standing to find out what they would do if elected.

Voting will take place on November 15 to choose the commissioner for Leicestershire and Rutland. The successful candidate will oversee how crime is tackled and ensure the police force is effective.

The husting is being held at Rutland County Museum in Catmos Street, Oakham, on Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm.

It has been organised by the Chartered Management Institute East Midlands, in partnership with Neighbourhood Watch and the Rutland Voluntary Sector Consortium.

CMI East Midlands chairman Ron Simpson said: “The position of commissioner is a crucial leadership role and will be a great challenge to whoever is elected. The public will be able to listen to words from the candidates and put questions forward. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about who you can vote for.”

The candidates are Sir Clive Loader (Con), Suleman Nagdi (Ind) and Sarah Russell (Lab). David Bowley (Ind) is yet to confirm whether he is standing.

The evening will be chaired Rutland and Stamford Mercury editor Eileen Green.

She said: “The elections for police and crime commissioners have been under the public radar so far but this husting is a great opportunity for people to find out more.”

A husting will also take place at the Holiday Inn in Leicester on Monday from 7pm to 9pm. Anyone who wants to attend either husting must book in advance by e-mailing secretary@rutlandconsortium.org.uk or by calling 01572 823465. The Mercury’s sister paper, the Melton Times is also organising a hustings event at Parkside council offices on November 2. Don’t miss next week’s Mercury for a full list of candidates from the area.