Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner election 2024: Who will you vote for this May?

On Thursday, people across the Liverpool City Region will have the chance to vote for the person they want to oversee policing in the region.

Since 2012, an elected official has been tasked with overseeing how crime is handled by Merseyside Police.

On 2 May, four candidates will fight for the role in the fourth ballot in the position’s history.

Police and crime commissioners are in charge of setting police and crime objectives, holding the chief constable and their force to account and to set relevant budgets. The role has been held by Labour’s Emily Spurrell since 2021.

Mrs Spurrell is seeking a second term in the job, having succeeded the inaugural commissioner Jane Kennedy three years ago.

In her manifesto, the Labour candidate said she was committed to a “visible and accessible police service” and vowed to continue to crack down on knife and gun crime.

Mrs Spurrell reiterated her commitment to tackling violence against women and girls and fund services for victims of hate crime and invest in education and other initiatives to prevent racism, homophobia and other forms of hate.

The Conservative candidate for the second consecutive election will be Bob Teesdale. Mr Teesdale, a former police inspector, spent 30 years in the force and said he wanted to ensure all available resources are spread evenly throughout the area.

Mr Teesdale, who finished second in the 2021 ballot, wanted to focus on procurement, balancing value for money whilst focusing support on local businesses and look at ways cooperation between forces can deliver better value for communities.

Wirral councillor Chris Carubia is standing for the Liberal Democrats this week. Cllr Carubia, who represents the Eastham ward, said he wants to put a focus back on community policing.

Having finished third in the 2016 vote, Cllr Carubia said he wanted to develop on his priorities and that he felt Labour had not progressed enough. Setting out his positions online, he wrote, “My campaign in 2016 was on maintaining a visible presence by defending front line policing, to protect neighbourhood policing and fully support our PCSOs.

“These to ensure swift and effective response to reports of anti-social behaviour, prioritising and tackling domestic violence and sexual exploitation and to champion the rights of victims and the use of restorative justice. I can honestly say, in my opinion, that these issues have not progressed in any meaningful way and still need to be championed.”

Also from Wirral, Green candidate Amanda Onwuemene is a councillor representing Birkenhead and Tranmere. She is the party’s national spokesperson for policing and domestic violence. Announcing the candidacy, the Green Party said Cllr Onwuemene “acknowledges the recent positive review received by Merseyside Police, but believes there is still a need for more progress on the Service’s approach to policing for women and girls, as well as police relations with vulnerable communities.

“As a Green party PCC, she would work with the Chief Constable to ensure the much needed progress in these areas is delivered.”

The ballot will be held from 7am to 10pm on 2 May, with the result on Saturday afternoon at Wavertree Tennis Centre.

Image: Left to right, top to bottom in alphabetical order: Chris Carubia/Liberal Democrats, Amanda Onwuemene/Green Party, Emily Spurrell/Labour, and Bob Teesdale/Conservative

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