The Conservative candidate for Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner [PCC] was elected on Thursday with 32% of the votes cast. Labour’s Godfrey Daniel polled 22%. Turnout was low at just under 16%. So what now?
Katy Bourne, who is a businesswoman, mid-Sussex district councillor and National Chair of the Conservative Women’s Organisation, received 80,000 votes from across the Sussex policing area which includes Brighton & Hove and will now take up the £85,000 per year post.
She has declared tackling anti-social behaviour and business crime as two of her key priorities.
BUSINESS FORUM COMMENT
There is, and continues to be, much debate about the strength of mandate that a low turnout confers on the successful candidates but this misses the point. Regardless of the turnout, we now have PCCs and they are here for the foreseeable future so we must support them and help them to do their job.
The Business Forum operates the largest Business Crime Reduction Partnership in the UK which, together with the Business Improvement District’s on-street security patrols, contributes the equivalent of 1.3% of the total £25m Brighton police budget in additional private-sector funding to make the city a safer place.
Katy Bourne was the only candidate for the PCC position to visit the BCRP to find out what we do and the Business Forum is heartened that tackling anti-social behaviour and business crime are high on her agenda since addressing these two issues is the total sum of what the BCRP does.
Click here to download Katy Bourne's PCC manifesto
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