Avon & Somerset PCC candidates Pete Levy, Ken Maddock, Sue Mountstevens, John Savage




Published on Nov 4, 2012

Includes report from sports journalist, now political reporter Chris Brierley.
Mystifying, but BBC West do not allow any of these Points West regional programmes to go onto the i-player so here it is in part...

For a fuller discussion with Police and Crime Commissioner Candidates have a listen to this two hour radio show
This week we invite all four Avon & Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) candidates to explain how they will oversee the force in this newly created US style role as Police Authorities are abolished across the UK. BCfm Police & Crime Commissioner candidates' discussion - with Peter Levy (Liberal Democrat), Ken Maddock (Conservative), Sue Mountstevens (Independent) and John Savage (Labour).
Introduction of candidates and their vision for the role of PCC. Peter Levy is a former Ministry of Defence policeman, Ken Maddock questioned about Conservative minister Lord Green's responsibility for money laundering, Sue Mountstevens bakery business failed, so will she succeed? John Savage a member of the Merchant Venturers who financed the transatlantic slave trade. Question from Gus Hoyt, Green Party councillor for Stokes Croft & St. Paul's, Ashley Ward, on Easter 2011 riots in Stokes Croft - how would they have policed it?
Avon and Somerset police and crime commissioner candidates
Elections will be held in November to choose police and crime commissioners who will replace police authorities currently in charge of 41 forces in England and Wales.
PCCs, as they will be known, will be responsible for setting priorities for their police force, overseeing its budget and hiring the chief constable.

The candidates for Avon and Somerset are:
Pete Levy - Liberal Democrat
Ken Maddock - Conservative
Sue Mountstevens - Independent
John Savage - Labour

PETE LEVY - Liberal Democrat
Pete Levy wants to prioritise the protection of the "most vulnerable" people in communities
Pete Levy has been a Liberal Democrat councillor for the North Bristol ward of Horfield since 2010.
Before that he worked as a constable for Wiltshire Police and spent six years in the Royal Military Police. He is also a member of the Avon and Somerset Police Authority.
His aims as PCC are to ensure front-line services are supported and equipped for effective policing, prioritise the protection of "the most vulnerable members of our community" and continue the development of the integrated offender management programme.

KEN MADDOCK - Conservative
Ken Maddock, ex-leader of Somerset County Council, is "delighted" to have been selected
Ken Maddock is a former councillor who worked at Mendip District Council and then at Somerset County Council as leader from 2008 - 2012.
During his three years as council leader he oversaw staff cuts of 1,500 and agreed for the council to cut £43m from its budget over three years.
His election pledges are to continue improving community safety, increase detection rates, cut costs in front-line policing and to ensure the police force priorities match the needs of the local community.

Sue Mountstevens has served as a magistrate for 15 years
Sue Mountstevens is a Bristol-born businesswoman who ran her own chain of bakeries in Bristol, Bath and Somerset.
She has worked as a magistrate for 15 years and has also served on the Avon and Somerset Police Authority.
Her election pledges are to keep the politics out of policing and to focus on tackling anti-social behaviour, burglary and violent crime, particularly against women and girls, and to give victims "a louder voice".

John Savage became the Labour candidate after Bob Ashford stepped down. John Savage is the chief executive of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Initiative and the Chairman of University Hospitals Bristol. He came second in the selection but became the candidate when Bob Ashford stepped down because of a childhood criminal conviction. Dr Savage has also had the role of High Sheriff of Bristol.
He said: "I fully understand the need for a new approach to resource allocation in these testing economic times, but the government is making the wrong choices on crime, taking front-line police off the streets, weakening powers to deal with anti-social behaviour and opening the door to the privatisation of core services. I will fight the impact of these reckless changes."

  AutoPlay Next Video