Cllr Linet Purcell has been nominated as Plaid Cymru’s candidate in the forthcoming South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner elections due to be held on May 5th .
Cllr Purcell – who lives in Swansea and is a member of Neath Port Talbot Borough Council – will be aiming to unseat the incumbent South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael – the former Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth. Cllr Purcell launched her campaign yesterday and has been visiting Penarth this weekend.
Plaid Cymru says all four of its candidates for the four Police and Crime Commissioner posts in Wales will “focus on creating strong neighbourhood policing teams to cut crime in communities, protecting vulnerable groups and supporting victims, and breaking the cycle of crime to reduce future offending.”
The party says “At the heart of our proposals lie a commitment to community safety, victim support and breaking the cycle of reoffending. If elected, Plaid Cymru Police and Crime Commissioners would work to ensure that all parts of Wales have strong neighbourhood policing teams that will cut crime in our communities, that vulnerable groups and victims are protected and supported so that they’re not just statistics, and that the cycle of crime is broken as often as possible.”
“Our PCCs would champion the needs of communities as well as continue to campaign against further Westminster cuts which have led to severely depleted frontline services. Crucially, our goal is to ensure that the way policing and justice are administered and served here in Wales work in a fairer way for the people who live here.”
The full generic Plaid Cymru PCC manifesto can be read on http://www.plaid2016.wales/maniffesto_pcc_manifesto
Also standing against Alun Michael are independent candidate Mike Baker and Lib Dem Cardiff Councillor Judith Woodman who represents the Pentwyn Ward of Cardiff
The Conservative Party, and UKIP have yet to nominate the candidates they intend to put into contention.
Alun Michael was elected as the Labour Party candidate for the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner post in 2012 – even though the Labour Party itself pledged in 2015 to scrap all police commissioner posts – including his.
Alun Michael is paid £85,000 a year . The remainder of his senior staff include:-
- Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales at £68,008 – (but about to be revised)
- Chief of Staff at £72,598
- Chief Finance Officer at £67,304.80 (for a four-day week)
- Assistant Commissioner 1 Chief Planning and Performance Officer – also– (salary not disclosed )
- Assistant Commissioner 2 (salary not disclosed)
- Assistant Commissioner 3 (salary not disclosed)
Alun Michael told WalesonLine that the new Assistant Commissioner salaries are not subject to public disclosure and scrutiny by the South Wales Police and Crime Panel – the body of mostly Labour councillors which is meant to oversee and “scrutinise” the activities of the Police and Crime Commissioner on behalf of the public.