Countdown on to election of police chief

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THE first ever elections for the newly-created positions of Police and Crime Commissioners are now just four weeks away.

Candidates have until today (Friday) to declare their intention to stand for the position, with elections taking place on Thursday November 15.

The role of Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) replaces that of the existing Police Authority and means that one person will be responsible for holding the Chief Constable and police force to account on the public’s behalf.

They will also oversee how crime is tackled in their county and aim to make sure the police are providing a good service.

Several candidates have already stepped forward to be the PCC for Nottinghamshire.

These include ex-Hucknall MP Paddy Tipping, who is standing for the Labour Party, and Newark and Sherwood District councillor Tony Roberts, standing for the Conservatives.

There are also two independent candidates - Dr Raj Chandran, a retired GP and former police surgeon and ex-cop Malcolm Spencer, who served with Nottinghamshire Police for 30 years.

In Derbyshire, five candidates have already put their names forward. These are Alan Charles for Labour, David Gale for UKIP, independents Rod Hutton and Rob Lane and Simon Spencer for the Conservative party.

To be formally nominated, candidates need to have their nomination signed by 100 people who are registered to vote in the force area where they intend to stand.

They also need to give a deposit of £5,000 which will be returned if they receive more than five per cent of the votes.