Labour’s Tim Starkey
visited Reading on Saturday to remind voters of the importance of the upcoming
Police and Crime commissioner elections.
He spent time in Whitley talking to local Labour Councillor Rachel Eden
and former MP for Reading
West Martin Salter
dispersal orders have successfully been used to tackle crime and anti – social
behaviour in the area. Tim also warned about the government’s plans for a 20%
cut in police fundingf which would hit Reading hard.
Tim Starkey said:
“If elected I promise to resist Tory cuts to our police numbers and to put a
stop to police service privatisation. I
want to put victims at the heart of the criminal justice system and meeting
people in Reading I know that they want a Police and Crime Commissioner who
listens to communities and protects the independence of the police”.
added: “These new roles will have sweeping powers and there is a real risk
that, if the Tories win in places like the Thames Valley, what police officers
we have left will be diverted for political reasons from the streets of Reading
into leafy Tory-voting villages. This makes it even more important to ensure
that the new Commissioner is on the side of people in Reading, which is why I’m
voting for Tim and I urge everyone else to do the same”
Rachel Eden said: “Tim understands that our communities value an
independent, trusted police service. With the election up in the air, each vote
will count: I urge everyone to get out and vote for Tim on Thursday”