A MEMBER of the European Parliament is in the running to become the first police and crime commissioner for Humberside Police.
Godfrey Bloom, 63, UKIP MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire cites 35 years of experience in business, eight years in politics and 30 years in the territorial army as reasons for being elected.
Mr Bloom, who has lived in the Humberside area for 30 years, has set out his aims to deliver a police force for everybody regardless of background, to focus on the victims of crime and attempt to return to “old fashioned policing and justice.”
Launching their campaign in Hull and Grimsby on Friday September 7, Mr Bloom and his team, including Mike Speakman, former deputy chief constable of Humberside and running mate for the commissioner role, declared they would uphold the oath of office, a statement which sets out promises to act fairly and transparently in the policing role.
Mr Bloom said: “I carry out my role without fear, favour or prejudice in the interest of the whole community, which means that there cannot be a special category of crime, namely ‘hate crime’.
“Everyone is equal under the law and will have a response according to the severity of the crime.
“The job requires patience, listening, time and flexibility. My responsibility is to ordinary taxpaying middle-England. It is not a job for those with only political experience. I will police for everybody,” he said.
He has called for Judge Bowers, who allowed a serial burglar and addict to go free, to stand down and set out his plans to crack down on drug use in prison.
Mr Bloom joins John Prescott for Labour, Matthew Grove standing as the conservative candidate, a former chief superintendent of Humberside Police, Paul Davison, Liberal Democrat, Simone Butterworth, independent candidate Neil Eyre and independent Walter Sweeney in the running for the top job.
The chosen candidate will appoint the chief constable, publish a police and crime plan and obtain the views of the community and crime victims in its formation, set the annual force budget, commission policing services from the chief constable and publish an annual report detailing the progress made on the plan amongst other duties.
The elections will take place on Thursday November 15, and there will be a pre-nomination briefing on September 18 at County Hall, Beverley, for candidates to attend, arranged by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.