UKIP announces its North East candidates for PCC

The UK Independence Party has announced two candidates for the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections in the North East.

Alistair Baxter will stand in the Northumbria poll while Michael Costello has entered the race for the Durham position.

UKIP said Mr Baxter has more than 40 years of business experience and Mr Costello had worked with the Durham force on IT projects.

Voters go to the polls on 15 November.

In Northumbria, Mr Baxter will face Liberal Democrat Peter Andras, Labour's Vera Baird and Conservative Phil Butler.

Mr Costello will be up against Labour's Ron Hogg, independent Kingsley Smith and Conservative Nick Varley.

PCCs will be elected in each force area around England and Wales to replace police authorities.

They will have the power to set budgets and be expected to hold chief constables to account.

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