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Welsh Labour names its candidates for Police Commissioner

Welsh Labour has today named its candidates for the newly created post of Police and Crime Commissioner. The new role has been designed to replace police authorities in each of the four Welsh force areas. Elections are to be held on 15th November.

Cardiff South and Penarth MP Alun Michael, the Welsh Assembly's first leader and a former Home Office Minister will stand in South Wales. His son Tal Michael will stand in North Wales. Former Welsh Government Minister Christine Gwyther will contest Dyfed-Powys and Hamish Sandison stands in Gwent.

Their key pledges included being tough on crime and on the causes of crime and to protect the police from political interference. The four candidates have signed a contract to respect the independence of the Chief Constable.

Shadow Welsh Secretary ,Owen Smith MP said in support of the candidates:

If Labour were in Government right now, we wouldn't be cutting police officers.We would be focusing on cutting crime instead. The Tory cuts will see 750 police officers cut in Wales. Labour firmly believe when it comes to policing the Tories are out of touch.

– Owen Smith MP, Shadow Welsh Secretary