Herts Tory candidate for Police Commissioner revealed

THE conservative candidate who will fight to become Herts’ first Police and Crime Commissioner has been revealed after a four open primaries.

Current Hertfordshire Police Authority chairman David Lloyd clinched the nomination on Thursday, beating banker Paul Richardson and doctor Rachel Frosh following the final husting at County Hall, Hertford.

Mr Lloyd said: “There is an election process and I don’t think anyone goes into an election expecting to get the nod.

“I face a hard campaign through summer and August to make sure my message gets out there.

“But it’s a message I have been saying for the past 18 months and that is to make sure we find the savings we need without putting the burden onto taxpayers.

“We need to keep frontline policing and create as efficient and effective police force as we can.

“Finally we need to reduce crime as one crime is too many.”

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The deputy leader of Hertfordshire County Council said he will resign from the authority if he wins the election in November which sees him running against Labour’s Sherma Batson and an as-yet-unamed Liberal Democrat.

Despite a good personal relationship with the Labour hopeful, Cllr Lloyd has his doubts she is the right women for the job.

“Sherma is someone I know who was a former county councillor. On a personal basis we get on very well... I’m a little careful that she is not involved with policing at the moment so won’t hit the office running. We need a commissioner who can immediately make decisions comfortably,” said the 48-year-old former financial professional.

Police and Crime Commissioners will replace the existing police authorities and will have responsibility for cutting crime, setting the annual force budget, hiring – and possibly firing – the chief constable, and consulting with victims on policing priorities.

They will not be responsible for running the police, but will act as the voice of the local people and hold the police to account.

Whoever wins the election will receive a salary between �60,000-70,000 a year in Herts and will be held to account by a panel made up of councillors and independents.

Although only political parties have put forward candidates anyone can stand for the post as long as they are British, Commonwealth or EU citizens, who are 18 or over and resident in the police force area in which they wish to stand.

Those who have been convicted of imprisonable offences are barred from the role.