Avon and Somerset - Mark Weston

My name is Mark and I am the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner candidate for the Avon and Somerset Police Force. I am the Leader of the Conservatives on Bristol City Council, where I have been a Councillor for nearly ten years. I live with my family in North Bristol.

As a member of the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Panel, I have always been a fan of neighbourhood policing. As a councillor from a ward in which crime has historically been a problem, I know how effective it can be if the police get out of their patrol cars and engage with the community. 

Thanks to this approach, anti-social behaviour is down nearly 75% since 2009 - proof that a visible and community based policing model helps prevent crime, cuts re-offending and reassures the public.  

The concept of Police Officers, Police and Community Support Officers (PCSOs) working with volunteers and partners needs to, once again, provide community policing to meet the requirements of the local community.  

And so my priorities for Avon and Somerset are:

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Gwent - Louise Brown

My name is Dr Louise Brown and I am the Welsh Conservative candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent. I have the necessary skills to be an effective PCC.  With a strong background in policing, law and public service, having been a Councillor, Solicitor and Police Advisor, I will bring experience to the role. I have a doctorate in Police Training from the University of Wales, Cardiff. I have been a member of the Cheshire police and crime panel, Borough Councillor and Deputy Cabinet Member.  

Gloucestershire - Will Windsor-Clive

I am a 55 year old family man living in Redmarley, with my wife and three children, born and brought up on the farm that I run. As a farmer I enjoy the benefits of rural life as well as looking after my numerous pets and horses.

Dorset - Andrew Graham

My name is Andrew Graham and I have dedicated my life to ensuring the security of our country. With my experience and commitment to keeping people safe, I believe that I will be an effective Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset. Dorset needs someone who understands and appreciates the effect of crime on communities, and having been burgled I understand the sense of intrusion, hurt and insecurity crime leaves behind.

Cleveland - Matthew Vickers

I've lived in the area all my life - I was born in North Tees Hospital, attended the local school, Newtown & Grangefield, and graduated from Teesside University. After completing my degree in Business Management I worked in retail management for companies including Woolworths, Big W & Home Bargains. This meant that I was involved in many of the high streets and retail parks throughout the area, and gave me an invaluable insight into the makeup and environment of the local area.  

West Midlands - Les Jones

The West Midlands deserves a hard working Police and Crime Commissioner who will always put residents first. People should be confident he is listening to their concerns and will make sure that the priorities of the police reflect that.If elected, I'll work with Government and local communities to do that.

Northumbria - Stewart Hay

I am a local man in Northumberland Tyne & Wear, currently working as a criminal law consultant solicitor across the local courts. With a strong service record in Northumbria Police spanning three decades as well as my time as a lawyer, I have four decades of experience in the local criminal justice system. 

North Wales - Matt Wright

The Police and Crime Commissioner elections are not about appointing another policeman to oversee the police - we already have a Chief Constable and excellent senior police officers. These elections are more than that. It is about electing a public representative to champion public priorities for policing, spend your money wisely and keep our community safer and more secure.

Durham - Peter Cuthbertson

My name is Peter and I was born in Darlington and went to local state schools. Over the last 32 years I have lived in Mowden, in Faverdale and just off Hummersknott Avenue.I now work as a healthcare consultant, supporting mainly small businesses and manufacturers of medical technology. I previously worked in a local newsagent, Darlington railway station and the Newton Aycliffe Royal Mail sorting office.

West Yorkshire - Allan Doherty

My name is Allan Doherty, I am 54 and I live with my partner, in West Yorkshire. I have dedicated my life to the police force.I was born and raised in Bradford and joined West Yorkshire Police over 35 years ago. For 31 years I served in both uniform and CID roles in Halifax, Leeds and Bradford and was commended on 22 occasions. I also spent time on the force drugs squad and major crime unit conducting operations against major drugs dealers and bank robbers across West Yorkshire.

Cheshire - John Dwyer

My name is John Dwyer and for the last four years I have been proud to serve you as your Police and Crime Commissioner.I have a strong background in policing and public service. I am a former Assistant Chief Constable and was a cabinet member for three years on Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council. I am currently a trustee to a number of local charities.

Dyfed-Powys - Chris Salmon

I grew up as the eldest of four children on a family farm near Presteigne, in Mid-Wales. My wonderful outdoor childhood in the lee of Radnor Forest taught me a lot about the joys and troubles of life in the country.After a year of teaching and learning Russian, I returned to the UK in 2002 to join the Army and began training in Sandhurst at the beginning of 2003.

Leicestershire - Neil Bannister

My name is Neil and I have lived in Leicestershire for almost 24 years.I have a strong knowledge and experience in the criminal justice system. I joined the Crown Prosecution Service as a Senior Crown Prosecutor after nine years as a solicitor in private practice where I represented a large number of clients in both the civil and criminal courts.

Humberside - Matthew Grove

I am a family man who grew up in North Lincolnshire before moving to East Yorkshire.For the last four years as your Police and Crime Commissioner I have shown that I have a track record of working successfully with members of all political parties, voluntary groups and local residents and I hope to continue to do so. 

Derbyshire - Richard Bright

My name is Richard and I live and work on a small sheep farm in the Derbyshire Dales with my partner of 15 years and 2 children, who are 9 and 11.I have been involved in community and voluntary work since the age of 14, when I became a Young Leader in the Scouting Association and am now an Assistant Scout Leader at Ashbourne Scouts. 

Lancashire - Andrew Pratt

My name is Andrew and for 28 years I served with the Lancashire Constabulary.Since retiring as a Superintendent in 2010 I have spent the last five years participating in the local community in many ways, including being the interfaith advisor for the Bishop of Blackburn.I care about Lancashire and the people who live here, and I believe that as your Police and Crime Commissioner I will make it a safer and better place to live and work.

Nottinghamshire - Tony Harper

My name is Tony and I am a recently retired senior police officer. I was born and bred in Nottinghamshire, living close to where I was brought up, and I have dedicated 36 years of my life to policing. My enthusiasm and passion to provide effective policing by listening and understanding the views and expectations of our residents is why I want to be your next Police and Crime Commissioner.

Merseyside - David Burgess-Joyce

Since the age of 18 I have served the forces of law and order in various capacities. I joined the Merseyside Police Special Constabulary in 1982 and began working from Wallasey Police station.

South Yorkshire - Ian Walker

 My name is Ian and I was born and bred in Sheffield. I am married with four children, so as you can imagine I am very familiar with local schools and hospitals!I have always tried to give something back to the community by being: