Labour Party Candidate
Kuldip Sahota is an experienced politician. He has served on the West Mercia Police Authority and was chair of the Telford and Wrekin Policing Board before becoming the leader of Telford and Wrekin Council.
He has been involved in community services in Telford before becoming a Councillor. He helped to secure funding of £210,000 from the European Urban Grant for Telford Cultural and Leisure Centre and then helped to raise £100,000 from the local community to complete the project.
In 2009 he was invited to be on the Board of Governors of the University of Wolverhampton. He served his full nine year term as an Independent Governor and was Chair of the Audit Committee.
As leader of Telford and Wrekin Council between 2011 – 2016, Kuldip’s achievements include:
- Helped in preventing the closure of the Donnington M.O.D. site in Telford, thus saving hundreds of jobs as well as creating hundreds more.
- Every secondary school in Telford and Wrekin was rebuilt or refurbished.
- Introduced an innovative policy to build houses on the council owned brownfield sites.
- Introducing a policy to build a solar farm on council owned land to bring in extra revenue.
- Sanctioning the building of a leisure and retail complex in Telford town centre, known as the Southwater, thus creating hundreds of jobs.
- More police focusing on safer streets and tackling violence.
- Ensure police are on the beat rather than behind desks.
- Fight the causes of crime by ensuring provision of preventative services.
- Tougher sentences for rape and domestic violence.
- A new law to ensure victims are at the heart of the criminal justice system.
Kuldip has always served the public with integrity and rectitude and promises to do the same as your PCC.
Prepared by Election Agent
Mr Sukhdeep Thiara
43 Ketley Park Road
The Conservative Party Candidate
Building on my track record over the past five years, I have set out my vision for a Safer West Mercia at www.campion4westmercia.com but the key highlights are:
- Keeping the Communities of West Mercia Safe by fighting crime
- Recruiting record numbers of Police Officers, focused on fighting crime
- Protecting the vulnerable, tackling the harm caused by drugs and alcohol
- Fighting organised crime
- Tackling violence in our community including against women as well as targeting the perpetrators of Domestic Abuse and exploitation of children
- Reducing rural and business crime
- Reducing deaths and harm on our roads
- Reforming how your money is spent
- Keeping Council Tax increases lowest in the region
- Driving more effective collaboration with the two Fire services through joined up Governance
- Reducing the environmental impact of policing
- Investing in prevention to tackle the causes of crime
- Publish weekly key police performance statistics
- Making sure we feel safe as well as being safe
- Ensuring the community is at the heart of policing
- Implementing a Local Policing Community Charter ensuring police are visible, accessible and effective
- Putting Victims First
- Ensuring the victims of crime are at the heart of the justice system
- Training more officers in victim care
- Promoting use of restorative justice
- Invest in supporting victims of crime to cope, recover and thrive
West Mercia Police is made up of hard-working officers and staff; I believe the communities of West Mercia deserve a hard-working Commissioner who is focused on fighting crime and ensuring they are always at the heart of policing.
With your support on Thursday 6th May, we can continue to build a Safer West Mercia.
Prepared by Election Agent G Onslow, 28 Bewdley Road North, Stourport, Worcs, DY138PS
West Mercia Police is one of the biggest areas and has one of the smallest budgets. At £250 million, your Police and Crime Commissioner has to have the experience of handling that size of budget, so I would ask you to look carefully at the CV’s of all candidates. Whilst I am standing as a Reform Party candidate, as I believe in their views, I have made it clear to the Leader that I am firmly of the belief that this is a non-political role and he agrees.
Why do I qualify? My Management Consulting Company, before it was sold, had offices in 6 countries and operated in 15 other countries. Our clients were major PLC’s and fortune 500 companies. I am presently a director and the owner of a number of businesses including a legal practice. I know how to run a budget!
This role needs experience. The role is not being a policeman, it is overseeing the management and finances and being the face to the public for whom we serve. I was a Magistrate for 18 years and a part time Tribunal Judge for 20 years. I was on the national board of the Magistrates and chairman of the Valuation Tribunal members for England. I have vast experience of the legal system.
Five years ago, we were promised no increase in the precept. Yet there has been increases and the budget is in deficit. We cannot go on rewarding failure.
My wife Yuleen is fully behind me without whom I could not do what I have done for better or for worse.
Let me help you to have an efficient cost-effective force to serve all west Mercia and keep us safe.
Prepared by Election Agent Anthony Wall, Tudor Court, Saleway, Droitwich Spa, WR9 7JY
Margaret Rowley – creating a police force that meets the needs of local people.
By listening to local people, and championing their views, Margaret will make West Mercia Police more responsive to the priorities of local communities. She will ensure that targets relating to local needs are set for the Chief Constable.
The latest report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary rated West Mercia Police as requiring improvement in all three areas they assessed. Not only had performance declined compared to the previous two years, only two other force areas had a worse performance. The Inspector concluded that she was particularly concerned about the Force’s performance in keeping people safe, in reducing crime, and working with partners.
Margaret says “These reports are concerning. My first priority as PCC will be to investigate the reasons for these poor results and require the Chief Constable to put in place immediate improvements in crime prevention and reduction. There is clearly a need for a change in direction.”
Experience and Knowledge
- Margaret has over 25 years as an elected local councillor, listening to local people and working with partners to achieve their priorities.
- She has lived in Worcestershire for 30 years and until recently was employed as a senior manager in the NHS.
- Margaret has built up a wealth of local knowledge and experience of service management in the public sector.
Margaret’s Top Three Priorities are to make West Mercia Police
- More trusted by listening to local people and making policing much more responsive to the priorities of local communities;
- More effective by prioritising crime prevention and tackling issues that put people at risk of offending;
- More efficient by better use of technology and partnership working.
Prepared by Election Agent
John Littlechild, 14 William Shakespeare Place, Droitwich Spa, WR9 7HZ