Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner candidates update

My last post on this subject on 18 June 2012 followed the unveiling by the Labour leader Ed Miliband of his party's candidates for Police and Crime Commissioners.

Click on the following link to see the Labour candidates as mentioned in my previous correspondent post.

The Liberal Democrats have yet to decide how many candidates they will be fielding, and where.

I promised to update you as further names came out of the woodwork.Midlands Police candidates update

And this week it has been the Conservatives' turn.

Unveiled by the Policing Minister, Nick Herbert MP, their four local candidates were confirmed as follows...

Conservative candidates

Matt Bennett

Image caption Matt Bennett

Challenging for the role in the biggest force outside London, West Midlands, Mr Bennett is a former Birmingham City councillor, having served as cabinet member for Children's and Social Services.

He was elected after a series of four primary elections across the area.

Cllr Adrian Blackshaw

Image caption Cllr Adrian Blackshaw

Currently Herefordshire Council's Cabinet member for Economic Regeneration, Mr Blackshaw will be standing in West Mercia, which covers Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire.

He has built a career in business embracing publishing, medical product development and finance.

Cllr Matthew Ellis

Image caption Cllr Matthew Ellis

Staffordshire County Council's cabinet member for Adult Wellbeing has presided over a radical restructuring of the Social Services department.

The candidate for commissioner in Staffordshire has also served on Lichfield District Council.

Fraser Pithie

Image caption Fraser Pithie

The candidate in Warwickshire retired as a senior operations manager at Severn Trent Water last year.

He also worked with the police as a warranted special constable between 2001 and 2009.

Mr Pithie has lived in the county all his life.

The Conservatives have also selected their candidate for Police Commissioner in Gloucestershire.

Victoria Atkins

Image caption Victoria Atkins

The leading criminal barrister from the Cotswolds was selected after a postal vote by local party members.

Ms Atkins said she was "honoured" to have been chosen.

Further updates

Stand by for further posts as more runners and riders emerge via my correspondent posts.