Labour members and shadow Leader of the House of Lords Baroness Smith of Basildon joined the party’s candidate for the upcoming Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner elections, Michael Jones this week for the local campaign launch in Bognor Regis.
Labour launched the PCC campaign for Bognor Regis outside the Town Hall with promises to stem the cuts to Police Officers and PCSOs locally, and a pledge to ensure local concerns in the town, including tackling issues of street drinkers, are given the resources to properly address the incidents.
Michael Jones could be decribed as the truly local choice for Bognor residents. He grew up in Bognor Regis and lived in the town until 2008 and now lives in Crawley. By then he had built up a strong record as a committed campaigner for the town, working for the best interests of residents. He was elected as a Labour county councillor for the Hotham and Orchard wards of town in 2001, and was the Parliamentary candidate in Bognor Regis in the 2010 General Election.
Michael received both national and local endorsements at the Bognor launch event from Baroness (Angela) Smith, shadow Leader of the House of Lords and Bognor resident, and from twice former Town Mayor Roger Nash, who was also Chairman of Bognor Neighbourhood Watch for seven years.
Angela Smith said: “I think even the most ardent Tory voter would be appalled if they were aware of the true extent of the cuts in Sussex Police numbers overseen by the current Tory PCC. Labour’s front bench has made clear there is a real choice between having ‘Bobbies on the Beat’ and the Tories’ cuts, at this election.
“Residents in Bognor Regis and across Sussex must send a message to the Tories that they won’t tolerate such low levels of policing.”
Michael Jones thanked members, saying: “It’s been a fantastic turnout to support me, I’m very grateful for that, and I hope that Bognor residents will give me their backing too. Bognor is a beautiful town, and I won’t stand by and let the Tories take risks with public safety without a struggle.”