Police Commissioner candidates will face each other
THE men vying to become the region's first police and crime commissioner will face each other for the first time today.
The six candidates for the £75,000-a-year role will take questions from students about their plans if they are elected in November.
Labour candidate Lord Prescott, Conservative Matthew Grove and UKIP candidate Godfrey Bloom will all take part in the event.
They will be joined by the three independent candidates – former senior police officer Paul Davison, former Tory MP Walter Sweeney and unemployed Neil Eyre.
Today's event is taking place on one of the busiest days of the campaign so far, with UKIP candidate Godfrey Bloom due to launch his campaign in Hull this morning.
The MEP will be joined by former Humberside Police Deputy Chief Constable Mike Speakman as his running mate.
Mr Bloom said: "My team has more experience than other candidates.
"The job requires patience, listening, time and flexibility.
"Some think it is a part-time job, it is not. My responsibility is to ordinary taxpaying middle- England. It is not a job for those with only political experience."
Mr Bloom has said he will resign from his role if elected.
Mr Speakman said: "Godfrey has the right ideas and I want to help get him elected."
Today's event in Grimsby will see the candidates spell out their plans to groups of students at the town's University Centre.
They will then take questions.
It has been organised by various voluntary and community groups from across both banks of the Humber to increase interest in the forthcoming election.
Mr Grove said: "It has all been a bit of a false war up until now, but I think there is now a lot more interest in it.
"It is going to be a very interesting campaign."
The police and crime commissioner will replace Humberside Police Authority, which is being abolished.
Elections will be held on November 15, with the commissioner starting work a week later.
They will have responsibility for setting the force's budget, hiring and firing chief constables and producing a police and crime plan for the region.
One of their first tasks will be to find a replacement for outgoing Chief Constable Tim Hollis, who will retire next year.