Blunkett is backing South Yorkshire police candidate

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SHEFFIELD MP David Blunkett has backed local councillor and magistrate Shaun Wright for the role of South Yorkshire’s first ever Police and Crime Commissioner.

Councillor Wright is also vice chairman of the county’s Police Authority, which will be replaced by Police and Crime Commissioners and hold police forces to account instead of a cross-party group.

He has been selected as the Labour candidate for the role, which is up for grabs on November 15 when an election takes place.

Mr Blunkett, former Home Secretary, met Councillor Wright in his Brightside and Hillsborough constituency to discuss local issues.

He said: “I’m very pleased to be supporting Councillor Shaun Wright as Labour’s candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner post in South Yorkshire.

“I know as former Home Secretary how vital this will be in what is a very challenging new post and untried relationship with the Chief Constable and the police service.

“Shaun’s experience as vice chair of the Police Authority and as long-standing councillor in Rotherham will stand him in good stead.

“He will be a voice for those most at risk of antisocial behaviour, crime and disorder.

“I know that he will speak out locally but also take on the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition in respect of the horrendous cuts in funding the police service, and the imposed changes in police conditions of work at a time of maximum stress.

Councillor Wright said: “If I’m elected I will prioritise properly resourcing neighbourhood policing, reducing burglaries, having police officers linked to schools, directing more proceeds of crime back to victims and charities, and keeping the police service as a public service by protecting it from privatisation.”