Website to raise awareness of police election candidates

Ann Barnes and commissioner candidates outside No 10 Independent hopefuls outside No 10. Do you know who your candidate is?

A think tank has launched a website to boost the profile of forthcoming elections for police and crime commissioners in England and Wales.

The right-of-centre Policy Exchange is inviting all candidates to contribute to

The move follows complaints that the polls will be unfairly weighted against independents and in favour of party-backed candidates.

A group of independent hopefuls has handed in a protest letter to No 10.

The letter pointed out that leaflets about commissioners are not going to every household - which is required during parliamentary, mayoral and European elections.

The Home Office said details about candidates would go online and be delivered to those who wanted them, but Policy Exchange has claimed it could do more.

"There is information out there but we felt there is no central informed place where you can go and easily find out who is standing in your area and what their pledges are," said Policy Exchange's Nick Faith.

He added: "The prime minister is behind this policy and if you're behind it, you should be making as much noise as possible about it."

The first elections for the posts will take place in 41 regions across England and Wales on 15 November.

The commissioners will replace police authorities, with the power to determine budgets and hire and fire chief constables.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More UK stories


Features & Analysis

  • Man holding lipWitch hunt

    The country where a writer accused of blasphemy must run

  • Espresso cupNews quiz

    Which city serves the strongest cup of coffee?

  • A woman's stomach with the words "I love IDF"'War porn'?

    Support - and disdain - for women posting sexy selfies for the IDF

  • Malaysian plane wreckage in UkraineFlight risk

    How odd is it to have three plane crashes in eight days?

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Canada.Hidden rail trip

    Canada's tiny, two-car shuttle is a train lover's dream with scenic views


  • Leader of Hamas Khaled MeshaalHARDtalk Watch

    BBC exclusive: Hamas leader on the eagerness to end bloodshed in Gaza

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.