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Commissioner candidates: Keith Rowe (UKIP)

Keith Rowe Credit: Keith Rowe

Why are you the best candidate for role of PCC?

I will bring a strong voice of the people to the top of the police force, with long management and financial experience, uncluttered by previous history.

If you were elected, what would be the first thing you would do on your first day in office?

Meet and get to know my new colleagues and staff.

Tell us what you see as the key priorities in policing within the West Midlands?

Regaining trust in the police and reducing crime

What is your worst personal experience when it comes to police and crime?

The many letters I have received asking for my help with police problems which I am unable to do anything to help as I am not yet elected

What is your best personal experience when it comes to police and crime?

The many offers of backing and support saying how I am sorely needed and pledging their help

In the 140 characters of a tweet - tell us why people should vote for you?

A strong personality able to stand up for what the people really want. Zero tolerance, trust regained and clear direction. #keithrowepcc

Commissioner candidates: Ayoub Khan (Lib Dem)

Ayoub Khan Credit: Ayoub Khan

Why are you the best candidate for role of PCC?

I have the best combination of daily experience of our criminal justice system and grasp of the diverse needs of this region's different community.

If you were elected, what would be the first thing you would do on your first day in office?

I would schedule a series of consultation meetings with all resident forums and community groups in the West Midlands Region.

Tell us what you see as the key priorities in policing within the West Midlands?

Faster police response times, No further closures of local police stations & No privatisation of Police.

What is your worst personal experience when it comes to police and crime?

Giving first aid to a shootings victim outside my home.

What is your best personal experience when it comes to police and crime? Police working in partnership with local residents to eliminate prostitution in Basall Heath.

In the 140 characters of a tweet - tell us why people should vote for you?

Supporting faster police response, no closure of police st & No privatisation with victims at core of policy.

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Commissioner candidates: David Jamieson (Labour)

David Jamieson Credit: David Jamieson

Why are you the best candidate for role of PCC?

I am the only candidate who can and is committed to carry on Bob Jones’ work of recruiting more officers, protecting community policing and continuing to listen to all communities in the West Midlands.

I have the widest experience of public life of all the candidates, having been a senior Minister in government.

I have a proven track record of delivering crime-busting and effective policies, such as giving police the powers to seize & crush un-insured cars, banning the use of mobile phones whilst driving and presiding over the biggest reduction of road deaths and injuries in recorded history.

If you were elected, what would be the first thing you would do on your first day in office?

Meet with the Chief Constable to ensure that we are able to continue the recruitment of new officers next year as well as this year.

Despite the disproportionate Government cuts, Labour has the right priorities of recruiting officers and putting them on the beat.

Tell us what you see as the key priorities in policing within the West Midlands?

Recruiting Police Officers, despite the Government’s cuts.Keeping Police Community Support Officers, as they provide vital support to Police Officers.Protecting Neighbourhood Policing Teams.Stopping the privatisation of the Police, by ensuring they are accountable to the community, not to company shareholders.Making sure that Police Officers are on the beat, not behind a desk.Ensuring that victims of crime always come first.What is your worst personal experience when it comes to police and crime?

I have not really had any bad experiences in this country, but whilst abroad have sometimes wished that the good traditions of British policing existed elsewhere too.

What is your best personal experience when it comes to police and crime?

During an incident on the motorway, whilst avoiding a collision, I found myself on the central reservation and was deeply grateful to the officer who helped me to get on my way again. He did his job brilliantly, but also in a practical and common sense way.

In the 140 characters of a tweet - tell us why people should vote for you?

I will recruit 450 officers, protect community policing and not let privatisation of core services happen on my watch.

Commissioner candidates: Les Jones (Conservative)

Les Jones Credit: Les Jones

Why are you the best candidate for role of PCC?

I have the experience of public service and the commitment to listen to the Policing needs of the whole community. I will bring a common sense approach and a lifetime of being a part of the community to bear in the role.

If you were elected, what would be the first thing you would do on your first day in office?

I would meet with the Chief Constable to find out his hopes and ambitions are for the West Midlands. I would also want to talk to the staff in the office of the PCC about any initiatives that may be in the pipeline so that I can add the best of what's planned to my own programme for improving policing in the West Midlands.

Tell us what you see as the key priorities in policing within the West Midlands?

A clampdown on low level crime to stop it leading to more serious offences. A tough approach on issues such as knife and other crimes involving weapons, drugs and street robbery. Better technology for frontline officers so that they can spend less time in the office and more time keeping us safe on our streets

What is your worst personal experience when it comes to police and crime?

I have been fortunate enough not to have had any really bad experiences with crime, but as a Councillor and member of the Police Authority, I have heard the many harrowing experiences from others, and my heart and commitment goes out to them all.

What is your best personal experience when it comes to police and crime?

My best experience is the times I have been out on the frontline with serving officers and watched how they put themselves in harms way to keep us all safe. There are many heroes in our midst and they deserve our support.

In the 140 characters of a tweet - tell us why people should vote for you?

I will be your voice in Policing. I won't play politics. You will get a hard working, experienced commissioner who always puts people first.

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MP Mark Simmonds: "nothing suspicious about resignation"

The Boston and Skegness MP Mark Simmonds says there's nothing suspicious about his resignation.

The Foreign Office Minister announced earlier that he will be standing down next year.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's World At One, Mr Simmonds was asked if it would have made sense for him to remain as a Foreign Office minister, given the situations in Gaza and Iraq.

The Prime Minister understandably wanted to have a new minister coming in to replace me once I told him I wasn't intending to stand at the next election."

– Boston and Skegness MP Mark Simmonds

Shadow Foreign Office minister John Spellar said the resignation raises further questions about Mr Cameron's judgment and is a "another blow to a Government already reeling" from Lady Warsi's departure.

Firefighters in Midlands walk out over pensions dispute

Firefighters will strike later today Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Firefighters in the Midlands will walk out today in a week of strike action in a dispute over pensions.

They will walk out between 12noon and 2:00pm and then between 11:00pm and midnight.

The government has previously said strike action is disrupting talks and will damage firefighters' reputation.

MEP for the West Midlands is new working peer

MEP for the West Midlands constituency Michael Cashman CBE. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images

MEP for the West Midlands constituency and former Eastenders actor Michael Cashman CBE, has been included among a list of new working peers.

Issued by Downing Street, the list of newly-appointed working peers also includes businesswoman Karren Brady, former managing director of Birmingham City.

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