Former Green councillor to run in election for police and crime commissioner

Posted On 04 Feb 2016 at 3:07 pm

Green Party councillor Ben Duncan is planning to run in the election for the police and crime commissioner’s job in Sussex in May.

Mr Duncan was the Greens’ policing spokesman and a member of the Sussex Police Authority for five of his eight years as a member of Brighton and Hove City Council. He also chaired the council’s Community Safety Forum.

The former Queen’s Park councillor said that he would run for the £85,000-a-year role in the online Fig newspaper today (Thursday 4 February).

He said that Sussex Police should concentrate on community policing and keeping people safe from theft and abuse.

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Ben Duncan

Ben Duncan

Mr Duncan, a councillor in Brighton from 2007 until last May, said that the police should spend less on investigating victimless crimes, CCTV schemes, spying on protesters, policing rallies and political gatherings and dealing with migrants entering the UK in Sussex.

The election to become Sussex’s police and crime commissioner (PCC) is taking place on Thursday 5 May. The PCC took over from the Sussex Police Authority in 2012.

Mr Duncan said: “I have decided to stand as I think Sussex needs a socially liberal police force which concentrates on communities.

Katy Bourne

Katy Bourne

“I would divert money from policing protests, drug possession offences, policing our borders and maintaining weapons to reducing burglary, putting more ‘bobbies’ on the beat, preventing crime by helping the homeless, preventing hate crime and sexual offences – and making our streets safer, especially for cyclists and pedestrians.

“In short, I want to make Sussex Police a force for good.

“I need to raise a £5,000 deposit to stand – the rules are devised to keep ‘the poor’ from positions of power – but I hope to do so by crowdfunding, and that my funded, radical, approach to policing will win support from the people of Sussex.”

The Fig said that the current police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne, a Conservative, was expected to seek re-election.

The online newspaper said: “No other candidates have been selected as Fig went to press, though it is thought an ‘official’ Green candidate will stand against their former national policing spokesperson.”

At the first PCC election in Sussex an independent candidate Ian Chisnall, from Brighton, finished third. He came within 2,000 votes of being in the run-off against Katy Bourne. He does not currently plan to stand in the election in May.

  1. Matt Taylor Reply

    My name is Matt Taylor and I’m standing as an Independent candidate in the May 5th 2016 Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

    Over the last four years I’ve done more, (in my capacity as the Shadow Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner,) to hold Sussex Police to account than anyone in Sussex.

    I’ve proved beyond a shadow a doubt that Katy Bourne has failed in her duties which she was elected and paid £85K a year to carry out…

    Katy Bourne, Martin Richards and Giles York may consider me as a ‘conspiracy theorist’ if they want, but that’s their problem not mine. I’ve asked the questions that no one else in Sussex has had the courage or nerve to ask.

    Latest TV reporter Frank Le Duc interviewed Katy Bourne and told her that there had been a trend of police officers retiring early to escape misconduct charges and to keep their police pensions, to which Katy Bourne wholeheartedly agreed.

    Why is it then an unreasonable question to ask why Martin Richards retired 9 months early?

    Why is it unreasonable to ask why after 24 complaints against Martin Richards (while he was Chief Constable) that all 24 were found to be “unsubstantiated,” having been investigated by Mark Streater, who himself was a Sussex Police officer of 30 years and a close personal friend of Martin Richards?

    WAKE UP SUSSEX & VOTE FOR ME TO BE THE NEXT POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER OF SUSSEX.

    I’ve demonstrated I am the REAL DEAL and have got what it takes to turn Sussex Police around.

    The choice is yours but if you want me to be your Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, you’ll have to cough up the £5000 I need as a deposit to stand in the election.

    DON’T WORRY, YOU’LL GET THE MONEY BACK ON THE 6TH OF MAY AND YOU’LL GET THE BEST POLICE FORCE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM OVER THE NEXT 4 YEARS.

  2. Frank gray Reply

    What is your background and what makes you qualified to be PCC for Sussex?

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