Police and crime commissioner candidates: Cambridgeshire

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A total of seven candidates are contesting the Cambridgeshire police and crime commissioner elections on November 15.

Ansar Ali (Ind)

40 years resident in Cambridgeshire and a Graduate from DeMontfort University Leicester.

Married with three adult children and has two grandchildren.

Passionately involved as a community advocate for 35 years.

Member of the Cambridgeshire Police Committee from 1993 to 1997 and since 2008 he has been an Independent Member of Cambridgeshire Police Authority.

Former chairman of Human Resources and Training Panel.

Current chairman of Custody Visitors Panel.

An Accredited Member of the Police Authority Inspections and has carried out inspection assignments at Greater Manchester Police and South Wales Police on behalf of Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary’s (HMIC) and the Audit Commission.

Former Justice of Peace and Senior Manager in the Public Sector for 30 years.

Presented and produced radio programmes for BBC Cambridgeshire as a freelance broadcaster for 15 years.

Ansar believes building and maintaining public confidence in the police and the public “fear of crime” must be replaced by the criminals having the “fear of being caught” and brought to justice.

Believe communicating with people will be an essential part of his work. He will establish a community network to facilitate participation from people across the county.

Strive in every way to ensure that we have an effective and efficient police service that gives value for money.

Believe in exploring positive ways with all our partner agencies to reduce re-offending.

Believe that to be an effective police commissioner you must have first-hand knowledge and experience of all aspects of policing and public service.

Strongly believe that the police commissioner must be independent and free from party politics.


Sir Graham Bright (Con)

I bring decades of public service experience, as a former MP and councillor. I now offer my experience and knowledge to help steer the Cambridgeshire Police through the challenges ahead.

I’ll bring policing in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough closer to all of us who live here, making the police genuinely accountable to the local communities they serve.

My priorities - fighting for what really matters.

- Meeting local needs. I will make sure that the police focus on the individual needs of each community, whether road safety initiatives or tackling house burglaries, anti-social behaviour, attacks on business premises or rural crime such as farm thefts.

- Value for money. Effective and value for money policing with no extra burden on our Council Tax.

- Co-operation with neighbouring forces. I will ensure improved efficiencies and cost reductions by more co-operation with neighbouring forces, including combating organised crime which often crosses force borders.

- An influential voice. I will be visible and vocal in the public debate about crime and policing, fighting for what really matters to the people of Cambridgeshire – less crime and more effective policing.

- Partnership and co-operation. I will champion local initiatives between the police, the county council, district and parish councils, the voluntary sector and all those working to reduce crime and build safer communities.

- Prompt and professional policing. I will give priority to front line and visible policing and ensure the police respond quickly and professionally – including a better and faster response to all phone calls, not just 999.

- Personally accountable. I pledge to be approachable and personally accountable to the public, whom I will serve without fear or favour.


Paul Bullen (Ukip)

Paul has been a magistrate for 13 years and understands, more than anyone, the pressures of policing law and order. He says: “Every crime is a failure of policing.”

We will put more police on the beat. We want to see strong, tough laws imposed on those who steal and those who threaten life or property.

Like the rest of the United Kingdom Independence Party, Paul’s values are straight-dealing, integrity, plain-speaking honesty, and forthright defence of law-abiding people. We want to see a police force which can manage its budget. We do not want to see companies like G4S taking over police duties because we don’t believe any confidential facts are safe with them.

The United Kingdom Independence Party wants to see a commissioner who isn’t tied to any form of party politics or party whip. Paul is, therefore, truly independent and able to act how you, the law-abiding public, want. We would support the idea of a fully elected police board and this is the first step.

Paul was an officer in the RAF for 20 years and now has his own Cambridgeshire based business. He is a qualified aeronautical engineer, a pilot, a marine surveyor, and a qualified chef.

Like the rest of the party, Paul sees deep unfairness in allowing the European courts to send British citizens to rough justice abroad whilst allowing known-terrorists to flout deportation back to the Middle East. He believes that the Human Rights Act is not fit for purpose and should be fundamentally changed.

Independent police and crime commissioner is a big job. It needs vision, competence and common sense. It is not a job for the faint-hearted but for someone with a track-record of punishing criminals and a man who has inner conviction and true integrity.


Stephen Goldspink (English Democrats)

English Democrats – “More Police, Catching Criminals”

I am 53 years old, married to Maria and I live in Turves. I have my own company and for the last five years I have run projects for a UK police force relating to IT systems, rosters, reporting and performance management.

I have lived in Cambridgeshire since 1979, was a councillor in Peterborough from 2002 to 2012 and have been helping local people already for over 10 years; my case file shows huge commitment to and success on behalf of those I represent.

This is not about politics, it’s about representation. However, the fact that I belong to the English Democrats lets you know how I view the political landscape of the UK. My key manifesto pledges are:

To bring a strong business focus to the police and a common sense approach to administration.

To prompt the deployment of more officers on the front line (i.e. outside the police station) from April 2013 than were deployed in April 2012, and re-establish regular foot patrols in key areas.

To apply a zero tolerance attitude by Cambridgeshire’s police force to petty crime and anti-social behaviour.

To ensure that Cambridgeshire police will target criminals, not target targets. Motoring offences will be removed from crime figures so that the clear-up rate of real crime is clear.

To lobby for realistic jail terms for offenders and more frequent use of jail, rather than community sentences.

To ensure that Cambridgeshire Police officers are allowed to use their discretion to deal with minor disputes.

To ensure that Cambridgeshire Police will drastically improve the performance of answering 101 and 999 calls. Current performance is unacceptable and the number of abandoned calls is too high.

Please support me on November 15.


Farooq Mohammed (Ind)

I believe the commissioner role deserves a new kind of candidate, someone who is genuinely independent with the energy and vision to both support and challenge the police to ensure a safer community for all.

This requires a fresh new approach to break down barriers, acting as a catalyst to bring together the police, public, voluntary and other agencies to rebuild the confidence and trust that has been lost.

Cases such as Hillsborough have put the spotlight on police as never before. I believe that had there been an independent commissioner to oversee that inquiry and hold the police to account, the outcome would have been very different.

It is in that spirit that I stand for election, not as a professional politician but a community and people’s champion with no personal or political agenda. A 20-year management and business career has given me the skills and experience which will be invaluable when striving to improve police efficiency and effectiveness.

I have found people share many common concerns: public engagement, police visibility, putting the victim first and reducing public nuisance. In response my campaign is based on four all-inclusive principles: transparency, independence, public engagement and social cohesion.

I believe in co-operation, not confrontation, but be assured I will not shy away from difficult decisions if the need arises. You can count on my support – I hope I can count on yours. Thank you.


Rupert Moss-Eccardt - Liberal Democrat

“I can cut crime more effectively than the other parties. They are more interested in newspaper headlines than real results,” says Rupert Moss-Eccardt, the Lib Dem candidate for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Mr Moss-Eccardt, who lives in Ely, would do this by putting extra resources into preventing first-time offenders going on to reoffend, helping recently-released prisoners who want to go straight stay out of trouble and putting more resource into tackling crime committed by offenders just released from prison who don’t want to give up their life of crime.

“Working with first-time offenders is key to cutting crime,” said Rupert.

“If you can get people who commit their first minor crime to realise the effect their actions have had on the victim, you will turn more people away from crime for good. Research evidence shows this works better than any other approach if it’s done by uniformed police officers.”

Mr Moss-Eccardt’s professional expertise makes him well-qualified to be police and crime commissioner.

He worked at Centrex, the predecessor of the National Policing Improvement Agency, as head of service management, technology.

He was part of the team that established the National Centre for Policing Excellence.

He is now an IT consultant specialising in information assurance and security.

“There will be no back-room deals with companies like G4S” said Mr Moss-Eccardt, a committed civil liberties campaigner who is determined to fight for a criminal justice system that works better for everyone.

“I now live in Ely, grew up in the Fens before going to work in Cambridge, so I understand the different police and crime issues faced across Cambridgeshire, essential knowledge for being commissioner.”


Ed Murphy (Labour)

Labour and Cooperative councillor for Ravensthorpe, Ed Murphy is our candidate for the first police and crime commissioner election on November 15 and is our communications spokesperson for Peterborough.

He is particularly concerned about the economic development of Peterborough and how this can address the needs of Peterborough folk.
He said: “Peterborough is my home town and I have lived and worked here for most of my life. I have good local knowledge and was a housing advisory in Peterborough for many years.

“I am a school governor at my local primary school and play an active part as a community organiser. Campaigning to make things better is why I am a political activist and I am proud and positive about how the labour movement can stand up for better housing provision, decent jobs and an improved NHS provision.”
In order to help serve the residents of Ravensthorpe, Westwood and West Town I have regular advice surgeries at St John’s Hall in West Town and at the Westwood Hub at Hampton Court.
As a ward councillor I have access to some community funding and would be pleased to hear from local groups who have projects to benefit the local community that might require some one-off funding.