Monday, 4 April 2016

I am standing for election as the next Essex PCC under the banner of;


RELENTLESSLY pursue more funding for Essex Police  

TAKE a Zero Tolerance approach to policing in Essex

DELIVER more visible street policing

PUT victims at the centre of the criminal justice system

GIVE you more opportunities to have your say about policing

PROTECT your local policing by standing up for Officers and Essex Police.

ENSURE you receive the highest possible standard of service       from Essex Police

My campaign is fully supported by Mick Thwaites, a former Divisional Commander, Head of Mobile Support-Police Operations and Temporary Assistant Chief Constable for Essex Police. Other ex-senior Essex Officers have indicated a willingness to support and work with me so that informed decisions will be made.

Having been born, lived and worked most of my life in Essex, an Independent Councillor for 13 years, coupled with my current career in local industry, I know the whole County of Essex well. I understand the make-up of the county in all its individual and unique communities, so I will not have a parochial mind set. I am a strategic thinker and I have the determination to fight for what is right for all our towns and villages across Essex.

I believe that the hallmark of any civilised society is community safety, with the cuts imposed by the government and approved by the current PCC Essex citizens are less safe. Recently published figures show crime is up, conviction rates are down. In fact I believe the current bad set of numbers are not accurate, the figures are significantly higher than those published.

Community safety is in my DNA and is under threat; I pledge to defend all of our communities.

Promoted by M Terry 66 Victoria Road, Southend on behalf of Zero Tolerance Policing ex Chief, PO Box 479, Esher, Surrey, KT10 1EN

Friday, 16 October 2015

My Candidacy for Police and Crime Commissioner Essex


I am announcing my Candidacy for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex. I have been an Independent Councillor for 13 years and getting my individual voice heard amidst the weight of traditional party politics has been a particular triumph. I was the first Independent candidate elected at Southend in generations and founded the Independent Group that now leads Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, where I am the Portfolio Holder for Public Protection.

Having been born, lived and worked most of my life in Essex, coupled with my current career in local industry, I know the whole County of Essex well. I understand the make-up of the county in all its individual and unique communities, so I will not have a parochial mind set. I am a strategic thinker and I have the determination to fight for what is right for all our towns and villages across Essex.

My campaign is fully endorsed by Mick Thwaites, a former Divisional Commander, Head of Mobile Support-Police Operations and Temporary Assistant Chief Constable for Essex Police, who will provide inside knowledge gained from his 34 years of experience.
I also have the support of other former Essex Police Officers who are horrified by the erosion of their beloved Police Service, one of whom is acknowledged as a leading authority in regard to anti-social behaviour and was formerly a senior Police policy advisor across central Government.

(Mick Thwaites endorsement attached at end of this release.)

Local issues are usually very different to national issues and they therefore demand a different and more bespoke approach to resolve them. I believe national issues are rightly the responsibility of national Government, but the responsibility for local issues should be fully devolved to locally accountable people and bodies that better understand the local need. I am standing as an Independent candidate, unfettered by any party political influences. I feel very strongly that our Police Service should always be independent of any party political interference of any kind, and I will be the representative of the very people whom, without their consent, the police can’t operate. That means Essex Police should be delivering policing that represents the views and wishes of the people of Essex.

I do not like the way traditional party politics works and influences local and regional affairs either and that is why I fought to be elected as an Independent Councillor in the first place. I am committed to this way of thinking and I am ready for the challenge. I have the strength and experience as an independent community leader to fight, on behalf of everyone in Essex, for our Essex Police Service and to keep Essex safe.

The people of Essex need a strong Independent Police and Crime Commissioner who can honestly represent their needs and lead Essex in its fight to keep our communities safe and maintain community safety at the highest level without the influence of party politics. I have proved I can properly represent the views of my community and be a strong leader in tackling local issues. I will approach this job with the same total conviction that is my trademark, without fear of anybody who opposes the needs of the people of Essex. I am passionate about this issue and about our County and the gloves are off; I will fight to protect and rebuild the Essex Police Service that the people of Essex need to keep our communities safe.

The latest set of disastrous proposals are being masked as modernisation but, in reality, we are about to see the further loss of 250 more Police Community Safety Officers and a further 60 support staff, on top of the previous 600 lost in recent years. This erosion must be reversed. The current staffing levels are unsustainable already, with recent announcements about withdrawing local beat officers and retail crime teams, giving up on anti-social behaviour and downplaying burglary, not to mention the constant complaints as police officers struggle to achieve response times. Fundamentally our Police, who do the best possible job under constant pressure, are being dismantled and cannot be in two places at once. It is as simple as that.

I am particularly disappointed about the erosion of Essex Police over the first four years that the role of Police and Crime Commissioner has been in place. It is my view that we have been let down very badly by the current regime, which has been controlled by party politics and its inability to oppose this, to stand up for you and I and everyone else in Essex. I am not weak and I am not constrained by being a compliant member of any political party, in Government or otherwise, and I am not an ally and friend of Teresa May, the Home Secretary. I will not be prevented from upsetting the applecart about Police funding cuts in Essex and I will not be prevented from having the real debate about policing in Essex. In fact I will lead that debate and, with the support of the people of Essex, will change the direction of policing here to deliver the service that we all want and need.

Indeed, I am calling for a moratorium on the current proposals for further cuts to policing as the People of Essex have not had the chance, or opportunity, to consider how safe they want their communities to be. Instead we have had a fait accompli delivered by weak compliance with national Government will. If I am elected there will be a proper debate and a set of robust proposals developed to reverse this decline. We have reached a fork in the road and Essex needs to decide for itself before it is too late. The people of Essex can and will determine how safe they want their streets to be, and be informed about the services required to achieve this, so that they can make an informed choice about funding and what they think would be a justifiable level of funding from the precept. This is a campaign promise that I will fulfil if I am elected.

As an Independent Councillor I understand what people expect at a local level and that what happens in their community is of primary importance; is the rubbish collected?, is it tidy?, is it safe? This is in my basic DNA; this is why I have always fought for and promoted local issues and delivered local solutions.

The primary questions people always have are concerned with community safety; is it safe outside their front door, in their local streets, in the local town centre, or on the way home from school. I now believe there is a real threat to safety and it increases with every cut to our Police Service. I don’t mind admitting I am old school on this. I believe in ‘bobbies on the beat’ and I know I am not alone in this belief. The people of Essex need to see Police Officers on our streets, talking to the public, gathering intelligence, learning their areas, protecting people and property and dealing with the trouble makers and criminals. This is how crime is prevented in the first place, resolved if it happens and, most importantly, community safety is preserved.

One of the key initiatives I have led at Southend is the decision to keep our street lights on, despite considerable political opposition. The rest of Essex has been left in the dark, with the compliant support of the current Police and Crime Commissioner and his political clique, who think disabling the Police and not lighting the streets are a good idea for Essex; well “I don’t.” I will be pushing Essex County Council to reconsider their priorities on street lights. We have kept them on in Southend by being smart with an “invest to save scheme”, and I want both the lights and the Officers back on our streets across the whole of Essex; we need Essex to be safe.

Mick Thwaites Endorsement;

I spent 34 years of my working life as a police officer, in various ranks and roles across Essex. I believe because of extreme cuts in Police officers, PCSO’s and police staff; we are moving away from what the public want from their Police Force. 
The people of Essex deserve a voice in the way they want to be policed. The person that represents their voice should be "truly independent of all politics" and therefore cannot "be influenced by owing allegiance to any party". Martin Terry is such a person and I fully endorse him as a candidate for PCC elections 2016.

It can be easily forgotten that Policing belongs to the people and should work to deliver safer communities. We do not want a PCC who simply thinks like central Government, or operates to any political party agenda!

Mick Thwaites

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Police and Crime Commissioners Election

Police and Crime Commissioners
Election November 15th 2012

The government have decided that we should have an elected Police and Crime Commissioner. The elected Commissioner will have enormous power because he or she will control the Policing budget priorities for all of Essex. We need to ensure we get the best person who will best understand our area deliver the policing we need.

In policing terms Southend is a game of two halves. In general, Monday through Thursday Southend is a relatively normal place. But from Friday to Sunday Southend on Sea becomes London on Sea. For years I have argued that decisions made in Chelmsford do not always reflect this. This impacts on every household in the area, when Police are tied up in Southend Mrs Bloggs in Westborough will not get a timely response when somebody is attempting to burgle her shed or home.

On top of the above considerations the political parties have hijacked this election with the Tories, Labour, UKIP and others putting up party political candidates. The police covenant has always been that they should be impartial in political terms. How then can we have a party politician running the budgets? I very much fear that Essex will not get a fair hearing or what it needs if a party politician is elected as commissioner. Just imagine, if we elect the Tory he will be a yes man not wanting to rock the boat, if we get Labour the door will be slammed in his face.

I am 100% opposed to politics in policing and therefore I am strongly supporting Southend’s own Independent candidate Mick Thwaites, a former Chief Superintendent, a Gold and Silver Commander who served us for 34 years. He was project lead on issues such as the Stansted hijacking, lead Essex adviser for 2012 Olympics and was commended three times during his service. I met Mick when I first become a Councillor, he took me out on a Friday night in Southend to show me the problems. I knew straight away this was a tough, fearless no-nonsense copper who does exactly what we all want our police to do. He marched straight up to gangs of people removing their booze, I was impressed. It is also crucially worth noting that Mick Thwaites is strongly favoured amongst serving Officers. This is absolutely vital if we want the Police to work well.

Mick Thwaites has policed Southend extensively over many years, was a divisional commander in Southend and so has intimate knowledge of what we need, he and Southend Council worked together on powers to reduce the proliferation of alcohol licences, and he helped us to become the first town in the country to get these powers. Mick Thwaites resides in Southend and so we will always be on the radar. Just imagine if we get a party politician who resides in north Essex. Not only is it a long way away it is also very different in policing terms, Thaxted and Southend really are like chalk and cheese. It is crucial we get someone who understands our region, two thirds of all the crime in Essex is in the southern half of the county.

I urge you firstly to cast a vote at this very
important election for Southend

I then urge you to seriously consider if you really want party politicians running our policing service?

I urge you to consider supporting Mick Thwaites. He has made it personally clear to me that he believes in the Policing covenant on impartiality, he will serve using his massive experience without fear or favour to any politicians or political parties.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012


The article below refers to a 4 ship order recently given to South Korea. Whilst we have massive unemployment, a need for manufacturing skills and a massive trade deficit some plank called Bernard Gray (employed by the taxpayer) thinks this represents "best value for money".

So the idea is that we should give our jobs and treasure to another country when we are broke?......good idea.

None of the party Leaders have have pushed this issue, they all live in their Westminster bubble devoid of any common sense. This decision should have been debated and stopped by Parliament with cross-party agreement...........instead they are talking about pasty tax................pathetic

Newspaper quotation below

THE Royal Navy’s next generation of support tankers is to be built in South Korea, it was announced today.

The MoD’s chief of defence materiel, Bernard Gray, said the competition for the contract had “sought to engage shipbuilders from across the globe”.

He said: “I believe the winning bidder’s solution will offer the UK the best value for money.”

The four Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (Mars) tankers will maintain the Navy’s ability to refuel warships at sea and will provide support for amphibious, land and air forces.

At more than 200 metres in length, each ship is as long as 14 double decker buses and can pump enough fuel to fill two Olympic-size swimming pools in an hour.

Party leaders and party politics all useless, out of touch, out of common sense and selling the UK down the river.