Devon and Cornwall select Brian Blake for Police and Crime Commissioner election

Devon & Cornwall Lib Dems have selected Brian Blake as their candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections on November 15th. Brian is an excellent candidate, having served for 31 years in the Police Service across the region in both counties, finishing his career as a Detective Chief Inspector.

After retiring from the Police, Brian worked for 13 years for the Ministry of Defence, involving personnel vetting of military, NATO and UK Government employees working abroad.

He is the only person to have announced their candidacy to have experience of serving in the Police, and worked under former Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Constable and Liberal Parliamentary candidate, John Alderson, who pioneered community policing.

The field looks to be packed and will be hotly contested, with a number of independent candidates throwing their hats into the ring alongside the established parties.

We will be using Connect’s Virtual Phone Bank (VPB) system to help us canvass the geographically largest Police area in England at nearly 4,000 square miles. So if you are able to help with phone canvassing from anywhere in the UK, or can help with knocking on doors or delivering, please do get in touch with Glyn Ley on 01803 411816 or email [email protected].

Also, please do visit Brian’s website and follow on social networks (Facebook and Twitter), and pass his details far and wide.

* Glyn Ley is the Information Officer for Torbay Liberal Democrats. He blogs at glynley.co.uk

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12 Comments

  • The link you give to his website doesn’t work for me; this is the url if it’s a problem for anyone else: http://brianblake4pcc.org.uk/

  • @Caracatus
    That may be the case elsewhere but living in Devon I have yet to see or hear anything from any of the candidates…

  • Ruth Pentney 2nd Oct '12 - 1:32pm

    Caracutus the way is forward always. WE KNOW HOW TO WIN CAMPAIGNS so lets just do it!

  • Stuart Mitchell 2nd Oct '12 - 7:37pm

    If I lived in Devon & Cornwall I’d want to know whether he planned to reinstate the traffic policing unit. Following its disbandment, the death rate on D&C roads has recently risen by a quarter. With people nearly four times more likely to be killed by motorists than by murderers, this ought to be at least SOME kind of priority. Alas, on a very poorly written website, Blake does not mention his opinion on this at all – though there is a lot of vague stuff about “vision”.

  • My understanding is that Brian Blake is not intending to visit the Regional Conference in November, which, I would have thought might have given him a much needed publicity boost. Glyn Ley, if comment in the media is to be believed, the campaigns for Police Commissioner are rather unlikely to “heat up” at all, with 18% turnout being predicted. I think that may be optimistic.

  • 18% predicted turnout? I doubt it will make double figures…….

  • Yes, thankyou for “reminding” me of the dates, Glyn!

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