North Yorkshire’s candidates for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections on November 15.
Voters will chose between two candidates – Conservative Julia Mulligan and Labour’s Ruth Potter.
My name is Julia Mulligan; I hope this information is useful as you consider your vote.
I am standing because I want to help make your area safer; through my work I’ve seen the devastating effects of crime on individuals, families and communities. I believe these experiences, combined with the skills I have gained in my business career, most recently by running my own firm that specialises in working with the public sector, puts me in a strong position to do the job. Moreover, I’ve no connection with the Police Authority and I am independent of past decisions and issues. This means I will bring a fresh approach. If elected, my priorities will be to:
• Improve lives by tackling anti-social behaviour.
• Protect North Yorkshire with a crackdown on cross-border crime.
• Deliver the best policing for the best value in our communities. I will help increase police visibility with new ‘Parish Constables’; Special Constables with full powers of arrest based in smaller towns, villages and rural areas.
• I will focus resources on the frontline,
• Stand up for you – be your champion. Perhaps most importantly of all, I will be here to listen to you.
• Finally, on a personal note, I spent my childhood on a hill farm near Harrogate and I went to school in Harrogate so I am very much a local person.
• Please do contact me with your concerns and ideas, as this is most important of all. Thank you.
I have been a City of York Councillor for 12 years, holding cabinet level positions both in control and in opposition from 2002 to 2011. I was also Deputy Leader of the Labour Group from 2006 to 2010.
I was a member of the North Yorkshire Police Authority from 2005 to 2011 where I was elected to the Policy and Planning Board and the Police Authority Management Board. I represented the Authority at regional level and was lead member for Neighbourhood Policing.
I work as Operations Manager with a York-based Community Transport organisation.
I am very independent minded and have experience working across the political spectrum.
I am signed up to delivering on five key pledges:
• Stand up for communities against the Tories’ 20 per cent cuts to policing.
• Keep police on the beat with neighbourhood policing teams that include PCSOs.
• Back a strong and swift response to antisocial behaviour.
• Be tough on crime, and tough on the causes of crime.
• Protect the police from political interference.
I understand the cycle of crime that criminals spiral into when constantly going in and out of prisons, and believe in tough restorative justice.
I look forward to working with local people in every part of North Yorkshire.