Southampton MPs John Denham and Alan Whitehead have today publicly backed local City Councillor Jacqui Rayment to be the Labour candidate for the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner election in November.
Jacqui has been chosen as Chair of the Police Authority for the past 6 years, despite being the only Labour Councillor on the Authority.
The Labour Party is currently in the process of selecting its candidates for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections, due to take place in 15th November 2012.
As local Labour Party members make their choice for Hampshire, both local Labour MPs are today backing Cllr Jacqui Rayment as their choice for the new role.
Jacqui has been a City Councillor in Southampton for 15 years. Among her many roles within Southampton City Council itself and her work in Bevois ward, Jacqui has also had unanimous cross-party support in her current role as Chair of Hampshire Police Authority. She has been in the role since 2006.
John Denham said:
“Jacqui has a proven ability to command the confidence of members of other political parties, magistrates and independent members of the police authority. Hampshire needs a Police Commissioner who will work for everyone in Hampshire and who has already shown she can work constructively with police officers at every level.
“Over the past 5 years crime in Hampshire has fallen. But at a time when the police service is facing government cuts of 20% we need a Police Commissioner who will stand up for Hampshire and not be afraid to speak out about the dangers of crime and anti-social behaviour.”
Alan Whitehead said:
“The new Police & Crime Commissioner will play a vital role in shaping the direction of Hampshire’s Police. Set against a backdrop of cutbacks, falling numbers of bobbies and police privatisation, only a Labour Police & Crime Commissioner will fight against reckless government cuts to the service which keeps us safe.
“Having worked with Jacqui for many years, both as a councillor for Bevois and chair of Hampshire Police Authority, I know that she will work hard to build on the successes made by HPA and be a tireless advocate for resident’s concerns. I fully endorse Cllr Jacqui Rayment’s candidacy for Labour’s Police & Crime Commissioner for Hampshire.”
Responding, Jacqui Rayment said:
“I am delighted to be recognised by the 2 city MPs for all my hard work and Police knowledge. It is a privilege to be in the running for the Labour nomination, their endorsement shows that they believe I have the ability to be the right person to represent Labour, and Hampshire, in the November elections.”