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Kent Police and Crime Commissioner election candidates guide

By This is Kent  |  Posted: November 07, 2012

  • Kent Police and Crime Commissioner election independent candidate Ann Barnes

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SIX candidates are battling to be elected Kent Police and Crime Commissioner when the county goes to the polls on November 15.

The person elected to the £85,000-a-year role will be responsible for setting priorities for the police force, overseeing its budget and hiring the chief constable. Below is our guide to the candidates seeking your vote.

The candidates:

Craig Mackinlay, 46, from Chatham (Conservative)

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An accountant by profession, Mr Mackinlay is a member of Medway Council and currently sits on the soon-to-be-scrapped Kent Police Authority. He is also a magistrate.

Pledges: A zero-tolerance to crime, particularly drugs and antisocial behaviour. To look for efficiency and value for money.

Steve Uncles, 48, from Dartford (English Democrats)

Businessman Mr Uncles has worked in the private and public sectors.

Pledges: Make Kent a drug-free zone, with a zero-tolerance approach to possession of hard and soft drugs. Funding for police in Kent should match those of forces in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. No more fixed speeding cameras. More leniency for anyone who commits a crime while defending their property or family who may commit a crime while doing so.

Ann Barnes, 67, from Folkestone (Independent)

Mrs Barnes is former chairman of Kent Police Authority and a former teacher.

Pledges: Resist government policing cuts, but find efficiency savings to invest in community policing. Focus on cutting crime and catching criminals, keeping victims informed. Involve people in how they are policed and Set up local police boards, mini mobile police stations and a youth commissioner.

Dai Liyanage, 68, from Gillingham (Independent)

A former member of the Liberal Democrats, and former Mayor of Medway, Mr Liyanage is standing as an independent.

Pledges: Saving cash to divert to frontline policing. More special constables and more community involvement. Making best use of social media and smart technology to help aid efficiency and detect crime.

Harriet Yeo, refused to confirm age, from Ashford (Labour)

Ms Yeo is chairman of the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee, leader of Ashford Borough Council’s Labour group and president of trades union the Transport Salaried Staff’s Association.

Pledges: Tackle antisocial behaviour and work with victims of crime to create a “sustainable and effective system”. Address Kent’s “appalling record” on serious sexual crime.

Piers Wauchope, 55, from Tunbridge Wells (UKIP)

Mr Wauchope has been a criminal barrister for the past 27 years. He also served as a London councillor for eight years and now represents UKIP on Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

Pledges: Prioritise drug-related crimes and antisocial behaviour. A clear plan on crime reduction. A clear defence of frontline policing. A clear commitment to transparency.

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