Suffolk’s leading civil rights charity is hosting an event aimed at giving local people the chance to quiz the five candidates who are hoping to become the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner from May 5th onwards.
The Ipswich & Suffolk Council for Racial Equality (ISCRE) is holding the evening hustings on 21st April at University Campus Suffolk.
“Whilst everyone is welcome to attend, we hope that this will be a particular opportunity for those groups most frequently represented by ISCRE to go beyond the campaign spin and uncover what each candidate really offers in terms of policing policy and priorities” explained ISCRE’s Business and Operations Rirector, Phanuel Mutumburi.
“Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic voters, those with physical and mental disabilities and victims of discrimination and hate crimes are likely to have a very wide range of questions for the candidates ranging, I believe, from the use or misuse of police stop and search powers, community engagement, the handling of complaints about police behaviour and through to the lack of diversity in the Suffolk Constabulary’s workforce” added Mr. Mutumburi.
The five candidates who have confirmed their attendance are (in surname alphabetical order):
Terence Carter (Greens)
Tony Holyoak (English Democrats)
Helen Korfanty (Liberal Democrats)
Tim Passmore (Conservatives)
Cath Pickles (Labour)
Simon Tobin (UKIP)
The event will be chaired by Christopher Cumberbatch, chairman of ISCRE’s board of trustees. Mr Cumberbatch hoped for a substantial turnout at the hustings “as the role of the police and crime commissioner is already a powerful one and under Government proposals could become even more important in determining how policing impacts on our diverse communities” ENDS
Note to editors
The ISCRE event takes place on 21st April from 6-8pm in the WLT2 Lecture Theatre 2, University Campus Suffolk, Waterfront building, Neptune Quay, Ipswich, IP4 1QJ