Labour names Norfolk police commissioner contender

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Voters will have a choice between protecting or cutting police services when they vote for Norfolk’s next police and crime commissioner, Labour’s candidate for the role has claimed.

Dr Chris Jones has been formally selected to fight May’s election and has vowed to fight future government cuts to police budgets.

He said: “People in Norfolk deserve a Police and Crime Commissioner who will stand up for our communities and protect front line policing from further cuts by this government.

“Violent crime in Norfolk has risen by 30 per cent in a year, but the number of police officers in the county has been slashed since 2010.

“The choice at the election will be between a Labour commissioner who will stand up to the government’s cuts to policing, or a Tory commissioner who will back them all the way.

Dr Jones, who party officials said was chosen with a clear majority of local parties, previously worked for 32 years in the NHS as a psychiatrist.

He said: “My experience has not only given me an insight into how cuts to public services have stretched them to capacity, but also the importance of crime prevention.

“If elected, I will work day and night to make our streets safer and protect our communities from the very worst government cuts.”

Dr Jones is the fifth candidate to be confirmed for the contest, which will take place on May 5.

The current incumbent, Stephen Bett, is also set to be opposed by Conservative Lorne Green, Liberal Democrat Jacky Howe and David Moreland, for UKIP.

A briefing for prospective candidates and their agents is due to be held at West Norfolk Council’s offices in King’s Lynn today. The count will also take place in the town.