Police and Crime Commissioner by-election – Aug 2014

On Thursday 21st August 2014 voters in the West Midlands police force area will be going to the polls, in a by-election, to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands police force area (the Force Area comprises the following local authorities: Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton). The by-election is taking place due to the sad and sudden death of the previous incumbent.

It is with great pleasure that I am delighted to announce that I have been selected to stand as your UK Independence Party candidate.

Keith Rowe

The key role of Police and Crime Commissioners is to ensure that the voice of the public is heard at the highest levels in the police. If elected in August, I will take a tough stance on crime and ensure the rights of law-abiding people are put first. I will be a strong and independently minded leader and I will bring a no-nonsense, common sense approach to policing in the West Midlands Police area which would give criminals a tough time.

As a Police Crime Commissioner my main priority would be for a zero-tolerance stance to be taken towards all kinds of criminal behaviour. I am totally committed to bolstering frontline policing and seeing more bobbies on the beat. Policing should be about catching and punishing criminals – not just issuing incident numbers and punishing motorists. I believe in cutting waste and unnecessary expenditure, that there should be close co-operation between all of the emergency services and that there should be no privatisation of the force.

More than 20 years of experience in business has given me the experience to manage effectively and to drive an organisation in a clear direction. I will work closely with the Chief Constable to ensure that the West Midlands continues to be policed effectively and efficiently.

Please visit the Choose my PCC website, where you can see my election address plus those of the other candidates.

Registering to vote

To be able to vote you must ensure that you are on the electoral roll. The deadline for new electors to get on the register is Tuesday 5th August. If you are unable to vote in person on the 21st you can apply for a postal vote and the deadline for this is at 5.00pm on Wednesday 6th August.

You can add yourself to the electoral register by completing and submitting a form on the ‘Register to vote’ page of the government gateway website (requires a National Insurance number). Alternatively, you can complete and print a form on the Electoral Commission’s About my Vote website and post it to the elections office at your local authority. Another option would be to contact or visit your elections office.

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