A former Lord Mayor of Cardiff – Tim Davies – has been selected as the Conservative candidate to contest the May 5th election for South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner.
Mr Davies is a former Cardiff Councillor and was a member of the old South Wales Police Authority – the role of which has now been taken over, to some degree, by the South Wales Police and Crime Panel. [PDN Note: The South Wales Police and Crime Panel is the body which is meant to “scrutinise” the Police and Crime Commissioner . It is dominated by Labour Party councillors and there is no Conservative representative on the panel. ]
Tim Davies, who lives in Whitchurch Cardiff and is an optician by profession, says he’s delighted to have been selected and is “looking forward to the challenge”. He says “A Police and Crime Commissioner is an important public servant. The public have a right to expect whoever is elected to represent all the people in their area without fear or favour and also to be very conscious of standards expected in public life. I believe my record of public service – including time serving on the standards committee of the City Council – has shown I can meet those high expectations.” He says that if elected he will make himself available “to as many community organisations and individuals as possible” .
A Welsh Conservative Party spokesman said “Tim Davies has a wealth of experience. He will ably represent the party and offer a robust challenge to Labour’s Alun Michael.”
The candidates in alphanetical order are :-
- Mike Baker (Independent )
- Tim Davies (Conservative)
- Alun Michael – former Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth who is the incumbent PCC and has yet to formally confirm he is standing again.
- Cllr Linet Purcell (Plaid Cymru)
- Cardiff Cllr Judith Woodman (Lib Dem Pentwyn)