Avon and Somerset Crime Commissioner rivals urged to quit political parties
The independent candidate in Avon and Somerset’s Policing and Crime Commissioner election has urged her rivals to resign from their political parties if they are serious about the role.
Sue Mountstevens is the only hopeful who is not affiliated with a political party. She is up against Liberal Democrat Pete Levy, Conservative Ken Maddock and Labour’s John Savage.
Ms Mountstevens said: “I have a challenge for the other candidates – if you are serious about being a Police and Crime Commissioner, resign from your party now.
“We need a PCC who is single-mindedly determined to do what’s right for local people, without the distraction of party labels. I am clear that party politics should be kept out of policing.”
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Mr Levy, a Bristol city councillor for Horfield, responded: "Being a non-Independent candidate could be considered the advantage.
“I’m answerable, even at this stage, to a potentially huge number of like-minded people who will hold me to account over our shared values.”
Mr Maddock, the former leader of Somerset County Council, said: “Look at my track record and tell me if anybody pulls my strings politically.”
Mr Savage declined to comment.
The PCC election will take place on November 15.