Politics has no place in campaign - police candidate says

POLITICS has no place in the campaign to gain the control of things like police budgets believes Sarah Flannery.

As the only independent candidate in the police and crime commissioner ballot, which takes place next Thursday, she is taking on the battle for ordinary people losing faith in the political system.

Sarah said: "I have always been independent of party politics. In 2010 I stood against George Osborne in Tatton. That was never about thinking I was going to win the seat.

"I knew so many people then considering not voting because they were disenchanted with politics."

So why did she decide to stand for the role of Cheshire's first police and crime commissioner?

"In November last year I read Nick Herbert's speech on police and crime commissioners. I thought this was the job I was born to do," she added. "I could see the scope for it.

"I have long worked with public sector businesses in health and young people's services. When you see first hand some of the things going on and understand you can review services and make things more successful.

"And policing is not an appropriate arena for party politics."

Sarah, who has worked in media representation, believes communicating with the public will be a key aspect of the role.

"The most important part is to reconnect the public with policing.

"I don't see this as being a desk job," said Sarah.

Sarah added: "We are policed by consent and there needs to be that consent."

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7:02pm Fri 9 Nov 12

old-codger says...

POLITICS has no place in the campaign to gain the control of things like police budgets believes Sarah Flannery.
And policing is not an appropriate arena for party politics.
I have been saying that for months....You get my vote ..
POLITICS has no place in the campaign to gain the control of things like police budgets believes Sarah Flannery. And policing is not an appropriate arena for party politics. I have been saying that for months....You get my vote .. old-codger

7:32pm Fri 9 Nov 12

roadrunner says...

......and my vote.
......and my vote. roadrunner

4:32pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Freeborn John says...

Rather than vote for some place man from Lib/Lab/Con I'll be voting for Ms Flannery on Thursday.
Rather than vote for some place man from Lib/Lab/Con I'll be voting for Ms Flannery on Thursday. Freeborn John

11:03pm Sat 10 Nov 12

comwgn says...

I will vote for her if she guarantees the panel that the home office says is needed to support her does not contain any of the current useless police authority people.
I will vote for her if she guarantees the panel that the home office says is needed to support her does not contain any of the current useless police authority people. comwgn

9:37am Sun 11 Nov 12

Nick Tessla says...

While it is very laudable to say "politics has no place" in policing, it is inevitable once you have elected officials - particuarly when those officials will be seeking re-election and be looking for support from influential individuals and groups such as business associations or the media - whether this is financial support, endorsement or positive coverage.


It is all well and good to say you are independent but a candidate will have their personal political beliefs, particuarly one who has stood in other elections.
While it is very laudable to say "politics has no place" in policing, it is inevitable once you have elected officials - particuarly when those officials will be seeking re-election and be looking for support from influential individuals and groups such as business associations or the media - whether this is financial support, endorsement or positive coverage. It is all well and good to say you are independent but a candidate will have their personal political beliefs, particuarly one who has stood in other elections. Nick Tessla

9:40am Sun 11 Nov 12

Nick Tessla says...

comwgn wrote:
I will vote for her if she guarantees the panel that the home office says is needed to support her does not contain any of the current useless police authority people.
Who would you prefer her to appoint?



A selection of her friends, relatives and financial backers?
[quote][p][bold]comwgn[/bold] wrote: I will vote for her if she guarantees the panel that the home office says is needed to support her does not contain any of the current useless police authority people.[/p][/quote]Who would you prefer her to appoint? A selection of her friends, relatives and financial backers? Nick Tessla

10:19pm Sun 11 Nov 12

comwgn says...

she would not appoint but would have job spec for skills...advertise and interviews no relatives, business associates councillors, etc just like a job interview
she would not appoint but would have job spec for skills...advertise and interviews no relatives, business associates councillors, etc just like a job interview comwgn

2:58pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Nick Tessla says...

comwgn wrote:
she would not appoint but would have job spec for skills...advertise and interviews no relatives, business associates councillors, etc just like a job interview
"She would not appoint......just like a job interview" ?????



...job interviews end up with someone appointed.


Quite a few end up with someone known to the employer/interviewer being appointed.
[quote][p][bold]comwgn[/bold] wrote: she would not appoint but would have job spec for skills...advertise and interviews no relatives, business associates councillors, etc just like a job interview[/p][/quote]"She would not appoint......just like a job interview" ????? ...job interviews end up with someone appointed. Quite a few end up with someone known to the employer/interviewer being appointed. Nick Tessla

4:13pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Nick Tessla says...

One thing seems pretty certain is a low percentage turnover - somewhere in the teens. Possible for the winning candidate to have a first choice vote of less than 3% of the electorate - hardly a ringing endorsement.


And this from the tories who whinge about strike ballots being passed with less than 50% of the membership but with a majority of those voting.
One thing seems pretty certain is a low percentage turnover - somewhere in the teens. Possible for the winning candidate to have a first choice vote of less than 3% of the electorate - hardly a ringing endorsement. And this from the tories who whinge about strike ballots being passed with less than 50% of the membership but with a majority of those voting. Nick Tessla

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