Kent PCC Election: Here’s who you can vote for

People in Kent are electing their Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) on Thursday 6th May.

The election was meant to take place last year but was delayed due to the pandemic.

Here are your three candidates going for the role:

Graham David Colley (Liberal Democrat)

Graham Colley
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Parliamentary candidate for Mid-Kent (twice) and for Rochester & Strood in the 2019 General Election. Graham is a former Kent County Councillor and co-chair of the Kent Fire & Public Protection committee.

What Graham is standing for:

  • Neighbourhood Policing, from the ground up, not the top down.
  • Looking for radical solutions, tackling the root of the problems that face our police.
  • Seeking efficiency but caring for the police force who serve us.

Lola Oyewusi (Labour and Co-operative Party)

Lola Oyewus
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Lola Oyewusi, the Labour and Co-operative candidate who is serious about tackling the Tory rise in violent crime or the Conservatives who have slashed police numbers and let violent crime rise here in Kent and across the country.

What Lola is standing for:

  • Tackling knife crime and county lines
  • Getting the resources Kent needs
  • Supporting the Chief Constable with a constructive but independent relationship
  • Supporting rural and coastal communities
  • Creating a police force for all

Matthew Richard Scott (The Conservative Party Candidate)

Matthew Scott
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Matthew is the current Kent PCC and is running to be voted in again. From a policing family, Matthew understands what Officers and Staff need. Having run a community association, served as a School Governor and been an active local councillor, Matthew pledges to speak up for neighbourhoods and delivering improvements.

What Matthew is standing for:

  • Recruiting another 300 Police Officers and ensure they are active in our urban, rural and coastal areas.
  • Work with residents, businesses and communities to prevent and reduce crime and antisocial behaviour.
  • Expand the popular Police Cadets scheme for young people and bring back teams of Schools Officers.
  • Make our streets safer for all road users.
  • Boost the support available for all victims of crime and abuse.
  • Tackle gangs and county lines and get drugs and weapons off our streets.

The poll will take place between 7am and 10pm on Thursday 6th.

The PCC budget for 2020/21 £1.4 million which is more than the last terms budget.

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are elected to hold the police to account. They have responsibility for their police force’s finance, and can appoint or dismiss the Chief Constable. Once elected, each PCC must produce a Police and Crime Plan, which sets their force’s strategic direction.