Bristol

Pete Levy is Lib Dem choice as Avon and Somerset police commissioner

  • 25 July 2012
  • From the section Bristol
Pete Levy, left, with Lib Dem Somerset council group leader Sam Crabb and Lib Dem campaigners
Pete Levy, left, will stand in the election in November

A Bristol councillor and ex military policeman has been chosen as the Liberal Democrat candidate to become Avon and Somerset police commissioner.

Somerset-born Pete Levy, who has represented the Horfield ward of Bristol since May 2010, will stand in the election for the new £85,000 post.

Mr Levy is also a member of the Avon and Somerset Police Authority.

Police and crime commissioners will be elected in 41 areas across England and Wales on 15 November.

Mr Levy served as a police constable with Wiltshire Constabulary before spending six years in the Royal Military Police.

"The people of Avon and Somerset need a police commissioner who knows how the police work and understands how to cut crime," Mr Levy said.

"With my police, military and communications background, I have the experience to do the job.

"It's about working together - the people, the police and all the authorities - and doing what works."

Bob Ashford, a former councillor from Frome who has worked with young offenders, has been selected as the Labour Party candidate to stand for police commissioner.

The Conservatives have chosen former Somerset County Council leader Ken Maddock as their candidate.

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