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We Believe You: Police and Crime Commissioners elections - are you in or near Manchester?

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RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 28-Oct-12 11:25:20

Following on from our We Believe You campaign on rape myths, we have approached some candidates in the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner elections to hold campaign events concentrating on sexual violence, and looking at the police's role in combating rape myths and encouraging victims to come forwards.

Police and Crime Commissioners are going to have wide-ranging powers to help set the crime and policing agenda within police forces, so we think it's important that they should hear directly from members of the public about what their priorities in office should be.

Pru Jupe, the LibDem candidate in Cumbria, held the first of these events on Saturday October 27 (see this thread.)

We're pleased to announce that Tony Lloyd, Labour PCC Candidate in Greater Manchester, will be holding several more We Believe You PCC events over this coming week (w/c 29 October):

WEDNESDAY 31 OCTOBER Tameside Women's Group, Hyde Football Club, Ewen Fields, Walker Lane, Hyde, Cheshire SK14 2SB, 18.30

THURSDAY 1 NOVEMBER, Bury, Alana's Beauty Heaven, 46 Cecil Street, Bury, BL9 0SB, 11.30

FRIDAY 2 NOVEMBER, Mechanics Institute, 103 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6DD, 15.00. This one will also be attended by MPs/Shadow Cabinet members Stella Creasy and (possibly) Rachel Reeves, and by Manchester Central by-election Labour candidate Lucy Powell, as well as Tony Lloyd (Labour candidate for Manchester PCC).

(Sorry for the Labour-heavy emphasis there - we have approached three Conservative PCC candidates as well, and are waiting for word from them.)

What he needs now is interested members of the public to come along, ask questions, feed back on your perception of how the Manchester police force deals with sexual violence, and generally contribute to the conversation, with the hope of informing the aims and agenda of whichever candidate is ultimately successful.

If you're in the area, or know people who are, please do spread the word about this event - it would be great to have a good turnout and demonstrate to the candidates that this is something the electorate in Manchester feels strongly about. And as ever, if you're on Twitter or Facebook, please share the details (Twitter hashtag is #webelieveyou, and Tony's account is @tony4gtrmcr). Encouraging local press and broadcast representatives to go along would also be great.

And if any of you go, do please post here to let us know how it goes.

RillaBlythe Sun 28-Oct-12 15:23:44

Thanks for this. I will repost to some local networks that I think might be interested.

mercibucket Sun 28-Oct-12 17:46:29

I can't believe we've ended up with these political commissioners being foisted upon us.

mercibucket Sun 28-Oct-12 17:46:30

I can't believe we've ended up with these political commissioners being foisted upon us.

shinyblackgrape Mon 29-Oct-12 12:58:05

Thanks - but I think it is a total disgrace that absolutely no information (bar a small article in the MEN) has been forthcoming.

I am seriously considering abstaining on the basis that I don't agree with the extra layer of beaurocracy and it seems that none of the candidates can even be arsed to campaign!

shinyblackgrape Mon 29-Oct-12 13:00:36

I'm sorry, but reading the end of your post about us mumsnet users having to raise awareness of this event - WHY?!

Why am I to do the candidates' job? Can't they even be bothered to try and raise awareness themselves?! It's utterly ridiculous that Mumsnet has has to organise this in the first instance - the candidates should have. Don't they want to speak to voters?

mercibucket Mon 29-Oct-12 13:20:58

The whole thing is ridiculous. No money for campaigning, no interest from the electorate, no need for some shifty politician to get their hands on yet more power and turn it all to crap. I am spoiling my paper.

mercibucket Mon 29-Oct-12 13:20:58

The whole thing is ridiculous. No money for campaigning, no interest from the electorate, no need for some shifty politician to get their hands on yet more power and turn it all to crap. I am spoiling my paper.

shinyblackgrape Mon 29-Oct-12 13:35:14

No money even to produce a leaflet it seems. I agree that the whole thing is a complete pointless waste of time

mercibucket Mon 29-Oct-12 14:02:08

Pointless opportunity for extremists as well, I suspect. No-one votes, except the highly motivated members of an extremist group, and voila, head of policing suddenly thinks the focus of policing should be on the behaviour of ethnic minorities, for example

mercibucket Mon 29-Oct-12 14:02:08

Pointless opportunity for extremists as well, I suspect. No-one votes, except the highly motivated members of an extremist group, and voila, head of policing suddenly thinks the focus of policing should be on the behaviour of ethnic minorities, for example

shinyblackgrape Mon 29-Oct-12 14:31:18

merci - worrying in Manchester no one would have a clue who to vote for. First time most people will even see the names will be on the ballot paper. Suspect it will just go down party lines as no one will have any idea of the policies

flyoverthegoldenhill Mon 29-Oct-12 14:39:04

are we just allowed to post once ? smile, nothing in local papers, no one has canvassed round here. I totally disagree with elected commissioners. So I'm thinking of doing something pretty with my ballot paper. <thinking of Talc here smile>

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