This is a guest post, written by Labour candidate for Essex Police & Crime Commissioner, Chris Vince. As such, the views and opinions expressed may differ radically from your blogger’s own. Some of them may even make sense…
Disclaimer: Your blogger’s views on Police & Crime Commissioners are unchanged from 2012. They are a waste of time and money, politicise the police (regardless of whether you vote for a party or an independent candidate), and have so few powers as to be useless in any meaningful way. However, elections are decided by those who turn out to vote, and by not voting you are only increasing the volume of the voices of others.
Along with the close of local election nominations, nominations have also closed for Essex Police & Crime Commissioner candidates. The incumbent, Nick Alston, is not seeking re-election, so whoever wins on 5th May there will be a new Commissioner.
This is a guest post, written by Chris Vince, Labour’s candidate for Essex Police & Crime Commissioner in the May 2016 election. As such, the views and opinions expressed may differ radically from your blogger’s own. Some of them may even make sense…
Nominations for the local elections in Rochford District closed at 4.00 p.m. yesterday. A third of the council seats are up for re-election, 13 seats in total, with not all wards having a ballot this time. The election will take place on May 7th, and the deadline for registering to vote is 20th April.
Below is the breakdown of the numbers of candidates standing by party, and the full list of nominated candidates.
The ongoing trails and tribulations of Essex County Council’s decision to turn off streetlights at night have caught my interest of late.
For the uninitiated, Essex decided to turn off streetlights between midnight and 5am, to save something in the region of £14m over 13 years — so slightly more than £1m per year. It has not, shall we say, been an uncontroversial decision.
It’s come into recent sharp focus with the decision of Harlow District Council to pay Essex to turn them back on.
Of course, things are slightly different in Southend.
Yesterday, Nigel Farage launched UKIP’s parliamentary campaign in Essex. Canvey, to be precise. It’s telling, perhaps, that he stayed away from the Kent seat he himself is trying to win (South Thanet).
But how did the people of Essex react to the purple-and-yellow messiah’s appearance on their own turf?
Well, in Harlow they reacted by electing a new Labour district councillor in a by-election to replace a UKIP councillor.
Nigel Farage visits Essex, and hours later he has lost a council seat to Labour. That looks to me like a very good omen.
It is, I suspect, a mark of how far into the realms of political geekery I have slipped, that fair game as Friday evening entertainment is watching recordings of public meetings on YouTube. For those worrying for my sanity, I should point out that my evening has also included a trip to the library, and may yet feature a film or two.
The meeting, though, in question was a public meeting from last week with the Chief Constable of Essex Police Stephen Kavanagh, alongside the Police & Crime Commissioner for Essex Nick Alston, and his deputy Lindsay Whitehouse. Thrilling, eh?
I didn’t attend the meeting, but given that a crime and policing is — in my opinion — shaping up to be a big issue in Southend as budgets are cut away to nothing (a subject I mean to return to in future blogs) it is something I am happy to make time for.