Jonathan Wallace has been chosen by Liberal Democrats as the party's candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner in the Northumbria Force area. The election takes place on Thursday 5th May, the same day as local elections in Tyne and Wear.
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Jonathan Wallace - Lib Dem candidate for Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner
Jonathan Wallace police sign Mar 16 (1) cropped
Leader of the Opposition on Gateshead Council, Dr Jonathan Wallace, has been chosen by Liberal Democrats to be candidate for Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner.
Dear Fellow Members,

I am delighted to introduce myself as the new Liberal Democrat candidate for the role of Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

PCCs were created to oversee local police services. They are elected by people living in the police force area. The first elections took place in November 2012 but only one in six people cast a vote. The next election is in May 2016.

Labour’s PCC has been invisible in many areas of the Northumbria force and I am promising to be a high profile commissioner in local communities if I win in May.

As a Lib Dem PCC, I will work within the system to ensure we get the best deal for Northumbria Police. However, the PCC experiment has been a failure, especially under Labour. Not many people feel that they have a say over how the police force works for them. And community policing has been neglected by Labour.

But ultimately, we could save a great deal of money by scrapping PCCs. If we could get rid of them, the money to pay them and run their offices could be used to employ more police in our local communities.

If elected, I will lobby the government hard to scrap PCCs. Until they are abolished, I will battle to ensure community policing is at the centre of the Northumbrian Force’s activities. I will be high profile, in touch with residents and not hidden away in an office in Newcastle.

I live in Sunniside, Gateshead. I'm Leader of the Opposition on Gateshead Council. I was first elected in 1987 at the age of 23 while still a student at Newcastle University. After working in the private and public sector, I gave up the "rat race" to live the "good life". I grow my own food, keeps goats, bees and poultry and run a small business making preserves.

You can follow my activities on my blogs and

Jonathan Wallace
Liberal Democrat PCC Candidate, Northumbria
Are you at Spring Conference this weekend?
Are you going to the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference at York this weekend, 11th-13th March? If you are, join us for photos at 2.15pm outside the main entrance to the Barbican Conference Centre for use in Focus newsletters and members' newsletters. All members are welcome.
Meeting members in the region
Tom Brake MP in Newcastle Feb 16 (27)
In recent weeks I've been campaigning with members throughout the region. I've met members and councillors in Newcastle to welcome Tom Brake, Lib Dem MP, to the City. Tom was in the region to support the IN campaign in the European Referendum but we also took the opportunity to discuss police issues.
Tom Brake MP in Newcastle Feb 16 (29)
Millfield Action Day Nov 15 (3)
Meanwhile, in Sunderland, I helped out at the Millfield ward action day. Niall Hodson is leading a great campaign to secure a seat on Sunderland Council. Watch this ward on polling day on 5th May - a strong chance of a gain from Labour.
Ryton team Feb 16
Back on my home turf of Gateshead I've been helping Councillor Christine McHatton and candidate Mark Groves in their campaign to win another seat in Ryton ward.
Blyth Valley Lib Dems Mar 16
Earlier this week, I visited Blyth Valley Liberal Democrats to discuss policing issues and the PCC campaign.
If you want me to speak at your local party meeting or to help with local campaigning, please get in touch with me by replying to this email.
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