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West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, has been reselected to be Labour’s candidate for May’s election.

He was unanimously approved by all the Constituency Labour Parties and affiliated organisations across West Yorkshire.

Since being elected in November 2012 Mark has delivered on the pledges he made to West Yorkshire people. He has:

  • Protected neighbourhood policing as a fierce advocate in the face of unprecedented government cuts to police budgets and campaigned tirelessly regionally and nationally to get the best deal for West Yorkshire Police and the public.
  • Created a Safer Communities Fund that puts the proceeds of crime seized in West Yorkshire back into our communities, an innovation that has seen over a million pounds invested in community safety groups and projects throughout the county.
  • Put victims first with the creation of the nationally acclaimed Help4victims website, providing impartial information and advice to victims and witnesses of crime, establishment of victims' hubs and has set up the first Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in West Yorkshire.
  • Safeguarded those who are most vulnerable by providing extra resources to better tackle complex threats such as CSE and cybercrime, human trafficking and terrorism. This includes the setting up of a dedicated anti-trafficking unit in West Yorkshire and a national anti-trafficking network for Police and Crime Commissioners to be launched by Mark at The Home Office next week.
  • Delivered improved services and helping reduce crime in collaboration with many partners, alongside meeting his election commitment to reduce the cost of his office. As well as being a leading PCC in the fourth largest in England and Wales, his office costs are the third lowest in the country.

Mark Burns-Williamson said: 

"I am honoured to have been reselected as Labour's candidate for the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner election in May.

“It has been a real privilege to serve the people of West Yorkshire as their PCC over the past three years and have had the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of people and their families in our communities.

“Despite unprecedented cuts to the policing budget I have worked closely with West Yorkshire Police, council leaders, many other partners and the public to protect frontline policing, cut crime and re-offending, tackle anti-social behaviour and address community concerns such as road safety and hate crime across the county.

“There is still, however, much more to do to make sure our communities are safer and feeling safer and I will be asking people across West Yorkshire to support me in the May election to continue to make a difference. To protect frontline policing, safeguard those who are vulnerable and put victims first, and work in even greater partnership to prevent crime and tackle threats such as CSE, domestic abuse, cyber crime, trafficking and terrorism.”

Mark Burns-Williamson reselected as West Yorkshire PCC candidate

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, has been reselected to be Labour’s candidate for May’s election. He was unanimously approved by all the Constituency Labour Parties and affiliated...

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South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings, has been reselected by the Labour Party to contest May’s election.

He was unanimously approved by all the Constituency Labour Parties and affiliated organisations across South Yorkshire.

Dr Billings has been in the post since November 2014, when he won a by-election on the first round of voting.

Since then, he has overseen progress in beginning the task of rebuilding trust in the force. He has:

·       Secured Home Office grants towards the Hillsborough Inquests costs from the Home Secretary
·       Put extra staff into CSE work and ensured training was improved
·       Set up a panel of victims, survivors and their families to advise him and the force on CSE work
·       Commissioned Professor John Drew to review how CSE was dealt with across South Yorkshire – he will report in the next few weeks. Trials are taking place in Sheffield Crown Court
·       Currently reviewing how South Yorkshire Police deals with protests
·       Commissioned a review of how the public contact the police which is gradually leading to an improvement of service

Dr Alan Billings said:

“I’m very pleased to have been reselected by the Labour Party to contest the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner election.

“Since taking up the post just over one year ago, I have worked hard to hold the Police Force to account on behalf of the public and to begin the task of rebuilding trust in the Force. Some good progress has been made, though there remains much more to do.

“It has been a challenging time. What has had to be faced and dealt with in South Yorkshire is unprecedented - the on-going Hillsborough Inquests, child sexual exploitation in Rotherham and continued protest marches by far-right groups. All of these have put a severe strain on the budget at a time when government funding has been severely cut.

“Looking forward, the biggest challenge will be to maintain neighbourhood policing with the far fewer officers and PCSOs that we now have. But I am committed to making this a priority.

“We also have to find better ways of working with partners - the local authorities, the NHS, Fire and Ambulance, the voluntary sector - if between us we are to meet the increasing demands on all of us from the growing number of vulnerable people in our society.

“I welcome the opportunity to ask the public of South Yorkshire to put their trust in me again and to use my experience, knowledge and work ethic to help deliver a police service we can have confidence in.”

Dr Alan Billings reselected as Labour Police & Crime Commissioner candidate

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings, has been reselected by the Labour Party to contest May’s election. He was unanimously approved by all the Constituency Labour Parties...

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A Sheffield MP has raised the prospect of even deeper delays to rail electrification projects in Yorkshire in light of the Spending Review and two reports into rail infrastructure investment published on the same day.

Louise Haigh, MP for Sheffield Heeley, expressed her anger that the government sought to conceal their confirmation that the projects to electrify the Midland Mainline and Transpennine Express routes will not be delivered until up to five years later than originally promised by trying to sneak it out late in the afternoon on the same day as the Autumn Statement.

But she said that the projects could yet be dragged even further into the future because of the huge cuts announced in day-to-day spending in the Department of Transport by the Chancellor, saying it will make the chronic shortage of skilled staff needed to complete infrastructure projects – a key factor in the delays already incurred – even worse.

Louise Haigh MP said:

“Ministers have cynically tried to hide the confirmation that mainline electrification will take up to 5 years longer to reach Sheffield than originally planned by sneaking out Sir Peter Hendy’s report on the same day as the Spending Review.

“A separate report, also published on Wednesday, raised ‘deep concerns’ at the process of planning and oversight within the Department for Transport and indicated that this contributed to delays and cost increases on the project as a whole.”

“In this context, it is astonishing that the Government have announced a further 37% cut to the DfT budget - taking the cut in day-to-day spending at the Department to 70% since 2010. This despite warnings from the top Parliamentary committee and the National Audit Office that the shortage of skilled staff after the 2010 Spending Review was affecting their ability to deliver on major projects.

“In light of this and following Ministers’ initial broken promises over rail electrification and ongoing problems at Network Rail, people across Sheffield and Yorkshire have a right to ask how much longer they’ll be waiting for the rail investment which was supposed to kick-start the Northern Powerhouse project.”

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