Tony Bunday: Labour and Co-operative candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the IOW.
I have over 40 years relevant experience, working across much of Hampshire and managing in health, social care, criminal justice services, and the voluntary sector. I have particular expertise in youth justice/youth offending, substance misuse, homelessness, and metal health and since 1987 I have always been involved in cutting edge, multi-agency services with successful outcomes. I am now a part-time Inspector with the Care Quality Commission and I run my own business.
Our local police force has been badly affected by significant cuts and additionally is the worse funded in the country. It is underfunded by £42m per year AND this is getting worse. Cuts to other services have also deeply undermined the effectiveness of the fight against crime. Nationally, morale of our police staff is at an all-time low and experienced officers are leaving in record numbers. New investment is welcome, but it is not fully funded, and it does not come close to addressing the deficits acquired over the last 10 years. Accommodating new officers will cause cuts to be made elsewhere.
The Commissioner must represent the people and be an effective and committed advocate for them, both to the Chief Constable and to Central Government. They must understand the drivers of crime and how to disrupt these. We need a ‘what works’, collaborative, and community driven approach to crime and anti-social behaviour. Everybody has a right to feel safe and secure in their own home and community. The police must be responsive to, and embedded in, their local community, and working together to make communities safer. New recruitment provides a real opportunity to make our force more representative of our communities. Our police service must play its part in tackling the climate emergency.
I have the skills, experience, and passion to be an effective Police and Crime Commissioner. I will focus on effective strategies to tackle crime, to keep our people and communities as safe as possible, and to make sure our police force is as accountable, effective, and responsive as it can be. I want to do this in keeping with Labour’s core values of: Equality, fairness, social justice, promotion of strong and resilient communities, and the protection of the environment. I want to improve public access to the police and to ensure we have a police service which works for all our communities.
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David Picton-Jones, our candidate for Denmead (Winchester City Council elections)
I am a retired Headteacher who lives locally. I was also a magistrate in both Fareham and Portsmouth for 24 years. I’m involved with charity work and I know the area well.
I am keen to be elected to serve on our local council to promote the principles, values and beliefs of the Labour Party. Locally our communities continue to suffer from the maladministration of the Pandemic crisis. This is exacerbated by years of austerity under the Tories which have left our local structures denied proper support. The evidence is all around us. It includes:
- The scandal of foodbanks which have to provide food for the poor including children in one of the most prosperous areas of the nation
- The lack of proper local transport for the 50% of the population without access to a private car
- The focus on allowing developers to build housing which affords them the greatest profit rather than seeking to provide homes for everyone
Of course these and the other problems can only be successfully addressed within a national context. Therefore a vote for Labour in Winchester can help to secure a national mood that the government is not addressing the real needs of people.
Please vote for Labour candidates in May including the Labour candidate for Police Crime Commissioner (PCC) Tony Bunday.
Paul Sony- Candidate for Southwick and Wickham (Winchester City Council elections) and Winchester and Southern Parishes (Hampshire County Council elections)
Paul has lived in Wickham for over 7 years and works in Fareham, Paul is a member of GMB Union where he is heavily involved in equalities. He believes that people should be treated equally and not be discriminated against. Paul believes in NHS services for all and that it should be kept in public ownership. He believes it is vital that teachers are given resources to provide education, the quality of education that children deserve. Private companies should not be running schools as a business. It is also vital that there are improved transport links locally so that people can get around more easily.
Howard Sherlock- Candidate for Waterloo (Havant District Council elections)
I was born and grew up in Coventry. I moved to the South Coast in 1972 and have lived in the Havant Borough for more than 40 years. I spent over 20 years as a teacher in Leigh Park. I have also been a supporter of the Labour Party and a member since 1990. I am proud to stand as a candidate in the forthcoming local elections.We know that central government cuts to council funding has had a significantly negative impact on schools, housing, social care and much else in the borough. I believe that real change must happen which can only be achieved by electing a Labour council.
Steve Haines- Labour and Co-Operative Candidate for Bishops Waltham (WCC and HCC elections)
Steve has lived in the Meon valley for 40 years, moving from Wickham to Bishops Waltham for an expanding family. He worked for Southampton social services as a psychiatric social worker for 30 years which ended when disabled by a stroke, so he has personal experience of disability as well as from his professional work as a social worker. He has four children, all of whom were educated in local schools. He was a governor and chairperson of the governors of the Bishops Waltham junior school. As a Labour party member, Steve upholds party principles of fairness and the provision of properly financed local services, if elected he would resist cuts in local services, and would work to ensure vulnerable people are not excluded because of access or financial circumstances.
June Kershaw- Candidate for Central Meon Valley (Winchester City Council elections)
“I have lived in Droxford for the past twenty years and spent most of my life living in Hampshire. I have two grown up daughters and three young grandchildren to be proud of.
Having worked in education for the past thirty years, and as a member of the National Union of Teachers, I have campaigned for improved conditions of service for the teaching profession as well as improving and increasing child care for pre school and after school provision.
I recently retired from working as an Executive Headteacher of a three school amalgamation and have witnessed, first hand, the systematic devastation of our education system brought about by this Conservative Government.
The so called reforms of curriculum and assessment systems have left the profession disillusioned and confused and resulted in the current recruitment crisis.
Cuts to school funding have left schools in dire circumstances where they are relying on parents to fund basic equipment such as exercise books and pencils. This is how the government invests in our children who are the future.
Increasing and continual cuts to local communities further impact on our children’s welfare, as well as having a devastating impact on other local public services.
The Conservatives have had 11 years to improve our country. They have failed abysmally.”
Sue Arnold- Candidate for Hart Plain (HDC elections) and Cowplain and Hart Plain (HCC elections)
I moved into this area 35 years ago to take up a post as a Science teacher in a local school and stayed teaching locally until I retired. I want to live in a fair society where everyone has the same opportunities which will only happen with the Labour Party in power. We desperately need to reverse the cuts to Public Services and put ordinary people first.
Daniel Reid- Candidate for Whiteley and Shedfield (WCC elections) and Meon Valley (HCC elections).
I am Daniel Reid, your Labour candidate for Whiteley and Shedfield ward in the upcoming Winchester City Council District elections, and for Meon Valley in the County Council Elections. In addition to fulfilling the Secretary role for the Meon Valley Labour Party, I am a self-employed bricklayer working in and around Hampshire. I grew up in Meonstoke and have lived in Whiteley for the past 5 years. I care about people being able to find rewarding employment and career opportunities in this rapidly-changing economy, without the sacrifice of worker’s rights or financial security. I want to see sustainable businesses encouraged and supported in the area, and ensure sufficient public services are being introduced to support the ongoing sprawl of new housing. A forward-thinking Labour councillor is needed in our period of recovery and resurgence.