Cllr Judith Woodman – who is leader of the Liberal Democrats on Cardiff Council – is to stand for election as the next South Wales POlice and Crime Commissioner.
Cllr Woodman was elected yesterday at the Welsh Liberal Democrats Conference in Cardiff as the official LibDem candidate for the SW Police Commissioner election. In a dig at incumbent commissioner Alun Michael, she says that if elected she would ensure the Police Precept is “not hiked up by the maximum amount year after year“.
Cllr Woodman has represented the Pentwyn Ward on Cardiff Council since 2003 and is the first Liberal Democrat to bid for election as South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner . In the 2012 election the Lib Dems did not field a candidate. The party’s official position is that they want to see the Police Commissioners’ roles scrapped – but as long as they exist, they want one of their own in the job.
Cllr Woodman whose father, Gwilym Dunn, was in the Merchant Navy, is a member of the South Wales Merchant Navy Welfare Board. She is particularly proud of her council-house upbringing saying “There is nothing wrong with a council estate and I actually feel I’m a better person for having been brought up on a council estate.”
The candidates declared so far for the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner election in May are:-
- Mike Baker (Independent ) (See http://tinyurl.com/jcm55sq)
- Alun Michael (Labour) – the incumbent and former Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth.
- Cllr Judith Woodman (Liberal Democrat)