Tory Government cuts have forced the closure of nearly all the High Peak’s police stations, including two in Glossopdale. They are: Chapel-en-le-Frith, Fairfield (Buxton), Whaley Bridge, GAMESLEY and HADFIELD as reported in the Buxton Advisertiser today.
Derbyshire Police’s Chief Constable and Police & Crime Commissioner are saying these “debilitating” funding cuts imposed by the government are going to take the force back to the 1980s. Hitting the community/safer neighbour team policing work hardest!
And whilst his government is slashing money from frontline policing to prop up bureaucracy, the High Peak’s Tory MP Andrew Bingham has the bare faced cheek in his weekly newsletter to pat himself and his colleagues on the back for amongst other things “…freeing the police to fight crime by cutting red tape…“. You could not make it up. Is he just out of touch or downright delusional?!
One of the last Labour Government greatest achievement was to create, champion and fund community policing. I’ve seen and heard first hand how its transformed policing in our communities and help crime rates fall over the last decade but now that’s now at risk.
There is only one way to stop the rot and that’s to elect a Labour Government with a local Labour MP better able to stand up for our communities in Westminster. There is a lot at stake.
So I say #BootBinghamOut and vote Caitlin Bisknell for High Peak – 2015 in May!
Friday saw Derbyshire Labour’s Alan Charles elected as the first Police And Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire.
I would like to reiterate my sincere congratulations to him and his team on their victory, and equally the victory for the people of Derbyshire:- with their police service now safeguarded from the threat of privatisation.
I also know that in Alan we have a vociferous champion for public services in this county, who will fight the proposed reckless government cuts of 20%.
Alan gained 44.3% of electors first preference votes and 61.1% once second preferences has been share between himself and the Tory candidate Simon Spencer. See full results below:
Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Election 2012 Results
Although Alan received this majority, this was on an official turnout of just 14.75% which is extremely disappointing – especially in a mature democracy such as ours.
So where does blame lie for this? Squarely at the desks of Theresa May and David Cameron!
In the run-up to this PCC election – which cost £1 million here in Derbyshire alone – the government was rightly criticised for not doing enough to publicise these election and for virtually guaranteeing a low turnout by holding ballots in the cold and dark month of November. This, despite stating they wanted independent candidates to have a fighting chance. And worst of all has been its proven incompetence, at best, and maladministration, at worst, epitomised by the £350,000 spent printing Welsh ballot papers in English rather than both English and Welsh.
This costly and extremely flawed flagship policy is a further example of Cameron’s maxim for all government policy:
Insufficiently funded, incompetently executed and unpopular with voters.
So here’s wishing Alan and all his fellow Commissioners the best of luck in protecting our communities from crime, and from the long cutting tentacles of the Coalition Government.
Glossop residents, including those in the Old Glossop, have the opportunity to raise concerns and set priorities for policing in Glossop at a forthcoming public meeting. Derbyshire Constabulary’s Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team is holding a meeting in the community room at Glossop police station on Tuesday, 2nd February at 2pm.