Cheshire police and crime commissioner candidates
- 16 November 2012
- From the section England
Conservative John Dwyer is elected as Cheshire's first police and crime commissioner.
Find out more about each of the candidates below.
AINSLEY ARNOLD - Liberal Democrat
Ainsley Arnold joined Cheshire Police Authority in 2009 and was elected vice chairman in 2010.
He has been Liberal Democrat leader on Cheshire East Council since 2008 and served for 15 years as a councillor on both Macclesfield Borough Council and Cheshire East Council (formerly Cheshire County Council).
Mr Arnold was the police authority's lead member for partnerships in Cheshire East and served as executive member of Cheshire East's Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership.
He said if elected he would be committed to ensuring that Cheshire Police continues to reduce not only crime statistics but also the public's fear of crime.
LOUISE BOURS - UK Independence Party
Former borough and town councillor Louise Bours is currently at university studying social science.
She was elected as mayor of Congleton in 2006 and said that during her year in office she "really learnt the important connection that must exist between the police service and the local community".
She said one of the challenges for the county's police commissioner would be to ensure they had "empathy and understanding" with the wider public's "fear of crime".
Ms Bours said it was also important to have a "robust and comprehensive approach" to "low-level crime".
JOHN DWYER - Conservative
John Dwyer retired 11 years ago as Assistant Chief Constable of Cheshire Constabulary, after a 30-year career in the police.
Since retirement he has run several of his own businesses including a corporate security consultancy and investigation company.
He was a councillor on Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council before its move into the Cheshire East authority.
Mr Dwyer has produced a six-point manifesto, including increasing the number of special constables, cutting bureaucracy and zero tolerance for "yobbish behaviour".
SARAH FLANNERY - Independent
Sarah Flannery is a business owner who has lived in Cheshire for 30 years.
She is a founder member of the Cheshire Independent Network, a network of independent councillors and people who believe in the importance of genuinely independent representation of the people.
In the 2010 general election she stood as an independent in Tatton.
She said the new position of PCC is to be a voice for the people, representing them and their concerns to make sure policing needs are met to reduce crime and to hold the police to account for meeting those needs.
JOHN STOCKTON - Labour
John Stockton recently retired from full-time teaching after 30 years and is now working as an executive board member for Halton Borough Council. He has been a councillor for 10 years.
He stood as a Labour candidate in three parliamentary elections - in Fylde 2001, Altrincham and Sale West 2005, and Weaver Vale in 2010.
He is a member of the Co-operative Party and the unions Unite and the NASUWT.
He said that if elected his central aim will be to protect the most vulnerable members in the communities across Cheshire by ensuring that neighbourhood policing is a priority.