Ex-MP in running to become first Notts police commissioner
A FORMER Notts MP has revealed he hopes to become the county's first elected Police and Crime Commissioner.
Ex-Sherwood MP Paddy Tipping has confirmed his intention to stand in the election, which will not be held until November next year.
Two Conservative Notts county councillors – Bruce Laughton and Mike Quigley – have also expressed an interest in the role.
However, the leader of Nottingham City Council and Notts Police Authority chairman, Councillor Jon Collins, has told the Post he does not intend to stand.
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Explaining why he is keen to take up the challenge, Mr Tipping said: "I've been active in local politics for more than 30 years and have worked with many groups across the city and county.
"Notts Police have made significant gains in recent years, but much remains to be done.
"We need to protect frontline services and neighbourhood policing. We need to support the victims of crime rather than the offender."
Under government proposals in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill, commissioners will replace existing police authorities.
They will serve four-year terms supported by a crime and policing panel, likely to be made up of councillors in a force area.
The Post previously reported that the former Sheriff of Nottingham, Councillor Penny Griggs, was considering standing but this has not yet been confirmed.
There will be a shortlisting process within the Labour Party and a postal ballot to Notts members to select the party's candidate for election.
The Conservatives are planning to meet in January to discuss their plans.
Mr Laughton, who stood against Mr Tipping in the 2005 general election, said it would "resurrect old rivalries" if they both stood.
He added: "I think it would be a good thing to have more democratic accountability in Notts Police – with that we would get the information and knowledge of what people want from their police and we can feed that into the equation."
Mr Quigley, who is the vice-chairman of Notts Police Authority, said: "People have asked me if I would be prepared for my name to go forward and I've said if that's what people wish to happen I'd be prepared to put my name forward."