Priti Patel comes to Crewe with Police Commissioner candidate

Priti Patel has hit the campaign trail in Crewe with a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) candidate.

Ms Patel, Home Secretary and Conservative MP, visited Crewe this afternoon (April 21) with PCC candidate John Dwyer.

The elections for the next Police and Crime Commissioner are set to take place in Cheshire on May 6.

Mr Dwyer, who lives near Nantwich, has held the role of Cheshire’s PCC previously, being elected in November 2012.

He was accompanied by the Home Secretary today as they visited Chuffchuff, a venue for Fitness, Music, Creative Arts and Dance.

Speaking with CheshireLive, Ms Patel discussed the importance of the election in ‘continuing with our democracy’ amid the pandemic.

Home Secretary Priti Patel visits Crewe on Thursday, April 22, to support PCC candidate John Dwyer on the campaign trail
(Image: Pete Stonier/ Reach plc)

She said: “It is a fact that we’re all coming out of this pandemic together.

“But as part of the roadmap and getting back to normal, we have to continue with our democracy and raise awareness of the election campaign.

“That’s why I’m here today with our candidate, our PCC in Cheshire, but also the local MP where I am as well.

“Because, at the end of the day, it’s a Conservative Home Secretary that has really battened the police, supported the police, invested in policing to keep our communities and streets safe.

“I want to see more Conservative Police and Crime Commissioners to work with and I want to make sure that John gets elected.

Home Secretary Priti Patel visits Crewe on Thursday, April 22, to support PCC candidate John Dwyer on the campaign trail
(Image: Pete Stonier/ Reach plc)

“These are important issues because we are speaking about the safety of our citizens, the safety of our communities and making sure that, effectively, our police are also held to account and are delivering for local residents.”

Mr Dwyer added: “When I was in post as the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire from 2012 to 2016 I sponsored the boxing club which was doing excellent work in keeping youngsters out of trouble and off the streets.

“In researching the progress of the club since I left post, I have discovered that they are still going strong, albeit Covid has had an impact.

“In the same building is the dance studio operated by Billie-Jean and, if I am returned to post after 6th May, I will be looking to sponsor her activities as she also is doing a good job keeping youngsters out of trouble and off the streets.

“I am keen to develop a meaningful programme of assisting organisations to help youngsters find useful avenues for their energies, in line with the National Sport and Positive Activity Youth Crime Prevention initiative.

“The two organisations which the Home Secretary will be visiting are good examples of what can be achieved.”

The role of the PCC is to ensure police forces across the country are run as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Elections were due to take place in 2020 but, due to coronavirus, they were postponed until 2021.

The list of candidates for role of Police and Crime Commissioner in Cheshire includes:

  • John Dwyer: Conservative
  • David Keane: Labour
  • Jo Conchie: Liberal Democrats
  • Nick Goulding: Reform UK

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