Ex-MP bidding for police commissioner job

HUCKNALL’S former Labour MP, Paddy Tipping, is bidding to step back into the public eye — as Nottinghamshire’s new police and crime commissioner (PCC).

Mr Tipping, who was MP for the Sherwood constituency, which includes Hucknall, for 18 years, will be a candidate for the newly-created post in an election next November.

He will again be standing as a Labour candidate for a job that will effectively be the public face of law and order.

The PCC, which will have responsibility for setting strategies and budgets, will appoint and dismiss chief constables.

Mr Tipping (61) is one of the first candidates across the country to throw his hat into the ring. A total of 41 PCC posts up for grabs.

He said: “The establishment of PCCs has been controversial. The legislation is now in place and Labour has decided to support candidates.

“I have been active in local politics for more than 30 years and have worked with many groups across the city and county.

“Nottinghamshire police have made significant gains in recent years,but much more remains to be done.”

Mr Tipping stood down as an MP at the General Election last year because of ill health. He had suffered a heart attack in his Hucknall office after being caught up in the Parliamentary expenses scandal in the summer of 2009 when he paid back more than £14,000 he accepted he shouldn’t have claimed.

He says frontline policing must be protected and he would campaign against cuts to the number of bobbies on the beat.

His election campaign will also focus on “urgent action to stop yobbish and loutish behaviour”, more effective drug and alcohol services and better protection for the victims of domestic violence.

He added: “I’m not standing as the police commissioner. I intend to be the ‘people’s commissioner’.

“Your concerns will be my concerns and I’ll always speak up for you with a strong voice. We all have a right to feel safe and secure in our homes and on our streets.”