Category Archives: Election

Election of (PCC) Police and Crime Commissioner – Further Information

PCC Leaflet

This is a very important role and we need to get the right candidate elected.

The Polls close at 10pm today! You can read about the new PCC role and what the candidates stand for by Clicking here.


Furthermore, if you are concerned about the validity of introducing privatisation into the Police Force using large organisations like G4S, then read on….

The prospective candidates for today’s election have recently been emailed by local citizens using the 38 Degrees (See * below) model and analysis of responses.

Essentially, the questions posed were:

      • Can you promise not to privatise West Midlands police services?
      • Will you allow companies like G4S to get involved in the running of West Midlands police?
      • Do you have any connection to companies that might be interested in police contracts?

The responses obtained by 38 Degrees were:

Bill Etheridge (UKIP):
I will never privatise West Midlands Police. Thats a definite promise

I will not allow private companies to have involvement in running the police

I have no involvement or links to any private companies like G4S

Bob Jones (Labour):
1 ) I have consistently voted against the Business partnership for the Police Privatisation process & have committed myself from the start that BPP will end and core policing services will be accountable to the community not to private shareholders.

2) i will totally review procurement arrangments to bring in ethical/international law compliance criteria plys support for local economy re local suppliers & apprentices

3) My only shareholdings are in the Severn Valley railway which has no plans to get involved in Police privatisation. I have no other connections with any business enterprise.

Cath Hannon (Independent):
Thank you for your e-mail, as your West Midlands PCC I will review processes & procedures across the force area to increase efficiency and provide the public a better standard of service. You can see issues I have raised regarding privatisation at

With regard connections to companies that might be interested in West Midlands Police contracts I have none.

Derek Webley (Independent):
I believe a visit to my webpage would help to address the issues raised below and give a more indepth view of my manifesto

Matt Bennett (Conservatives):
No response forwared to office

Mike Rumble (Independent):
I have promised from the start of my campaign, that I support in-sourcing not out-sourcing. To make it clear, NO, I do not support privatization of any of the West Midlands Police services. I have also stated my support for the federation and unions and have completed the Unison questionnaire to that effect. My pledges are costed and deliverable, not vote catching sound bites.

I will not allow any privatization, G4S, Serco, Amey or whoever.

I do not have any connection with any company that might be interested in police contracts.

Ayoub Khan (LibDems):
No response forwarded to the office

*About 38 Degrees:

Quote: “38 Degrees is the one of the UK’s biggest campaigning communities, with over 1 million members. We share a desire for a more progressive, fairer, better society and come together to decide which issues we campaign on and the actions we‘ll take to help us achieve that.”

This article by:Geoff Caine

Election of Police and Crime Commissioner

PCC LeafletThis is a reminder about the election next Thursday the 15 November to choose a Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands. It tells you how to vote (different from Parliamentary and Council elections) and who the 7 candidates are.

If you are registered to vote you should by now have had a Poll card through the door telling you where and when to vote.

You should also have received a leaflet shown left.





PCC Ballot Paper If you have mislaid this the instructions on how to vote in this election I have extracted them from the leaflet and shown these on the left. (Click on image for a larger view.)


To read about the new PCC role and about the candidates Click here.

Geoff Caine

Local Election Results

The turnout overall in Birmingham was 28.35%.

Birmingham Says NO to an Elected Mayor
The results are out, and 57.8% voted No and hence 42.2% voted Yes.
Votes No=120,611 Yes=88,085 Unmarked=4,757 Both boxes marked= 627.
So, Birmingham will continue to be governed by a political Leader and his Cabinet (See below).

My opinion: I think this is a sad day for Birmingham. Liverpool and Bristol will flourish where we will struggle for funds and Government support. We need a Boris!

Council Seat Results
The results are:

Labour 77 (+20)
Conservative 28 (-11)
Lib Dem 15 (-9)

So Labour gained overall control of Birmingham City Council from Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition. Share of the vote: (51% Labour, 24% Conservative, 14% Liberal Democrat)
Kath Hartley, in this poll the only Ladywood Labour Councillor seeking re-election, was successful.
The others continuing as Ladywood Councillors are Sir Albert Bore (Leader of the Labour Group of Birmingham City Council) and Carl Rice.

We have a new Leader of the Council – Sir Albert Bore returns as leader!
One of our three elected Ladywood Councillors, Sir Albert has returned as Leader of Birmingham City Council, a position he held from 1999 to 2004.
He has had a distinguished career to date in public life and was once a lecturer in Nuclear Physics at Aston University.
See Wikipedia for more of his history.


Geoff Caine