Labour South West is delighted to confirm the candidates who will be contesting the Police & Crime Commissioner elections across the region on Thursday 5th May.
The police authority areas are - Avon & Somerset, Devon & Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.
The candidates were selected by the members of Constituency Labour Parties within the relevant police authority area. If elected they will be a strong team of Police & Crime Commissioner's for the South West region.
The Tory government is failing on crime and policing. Violent crime in the region has increased by 19% in a year, and since 2010 police numbers have been slashed by more than 1,700. Labour will stand up to the Tory cuts and work with residents to protect their local communities.
Labour's Police & Crime Commissioner candidates for the South West are:
Avon and Somerset – Kerry Barker
Kerry is a barrister specialising in criminal law, and has spent his career supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged clients.
Devon and Cornwall – Gareth Derrick
Gareth is a former Naval Commander and has experience of working in the Navy at several senior positions. He believes in strong community policing.
Dorset – Patrick Canavan
Patrick was the Labour Party candidate for Mid Dorset and North Poole at the General Election, and is a former Regional Officer with the trade union Unite which represents police officers.
Gloucestershire – Barry Kirby
Barry is Deputy Leader of the Gloucestershire County Labour Group of councillors. He has shadow responsibility on Gloucestershire County Council for the Safer Communities Partnership.
Wiltshire – Kevin Small
Kevin has been a councillor on both Wiltshire County Council and Swindon Borough Council and has worked closely with constabulary senior officers during his time as Chair of the Wiltshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust