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Liberal Democrat Police and Crime Commissioner Candidates

September 21, 2012 1:18 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

North West

Cheshire, Ainsley Arnold

Ainsley joined Cheshire Police Authority in 2009 and was elected Vice Chairman in 2010.

He was Liberal Democrat Leader on Cheshire East Council since the inaugural elections in 2008. Ainsley was actively involved with all aspects of the transformation of policing and transformation of business initiatives whilst at the Police Authority, so he is well aware of the work already undertaken and the further measures needed to address the £35 million shortfall in funding. With police budgets being drastically reduced, more efficient and smarter ways of managing the business of policing need to be continually explored to maintain frontline policing, and all aspects of the service currently provided.

Ainsley says:

"Front line policing in Cheshire must be maintained and further improved to maintain public confidence. I am committed to ensuring that Cheshire Police continues to reduce not only crime statistics but the public's fear of crime".

Ainsley and his family have lived in Cheshire for over 35 years, he was first elected in 1996 and served for 15 years as a councillor on both Macclesfield Borough Council, and Cheshire East Council. He was made an Alderman of Cheshire East for his services to the community in 2012. He has operated businesses throughout his career and served as a non executive director on a number of companies over his years of public service. Ainsley was the Police Authorities lead member for partnerships in Cheshire East and served as executive member of Cheshire East's successful Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnership and as a board member of the Children's And Young Persons Trust Board. His invaluable experience gained from his work with Cheshire Police and other organisations, coupled with his commitment to ensuring that Cheshire Police are fully accountable to the public, makes Ainsley ably suitable for the role of Police & Crime Commissioner.

In his role as Vice Chairman, Ainsley conducted public surveys on policing across the Cheshire Police area. Ainsley stated:

" Public engagement is essential to understand the concerns of local people regarding crime and policing in their area, and to help shape the policing objectives and priorities across Cheshire. We need to fully engage with all residents, to ensure that the views from all parts of our society, especially our most vulnerable are both listened to and acted upon".

Greater Manchester, Matthew Gallagher

Current Occupation
Retired Police Inspector

Public Biography
From his birth (and near death) in a damp, rat-infested tenement on the outskirts of 1950's Glasgow , Matt's life has been a kaleidoscope of incredible experiences. The eldest of six children, he has known crushing poverty and hunger, but has also witnessed the triumph of hope and optimism.

Moving to rural Ireland in 1963, the family lived in an abandoned roadside shop lacking basic amenities such as running water. Faced with brutal discipline in school, and often with little or nothing to eat, nine year old Matt joined his father in the fields from 5am until nightfall, doing backbreaking work for local farmers to earn enough money to buy food for the rest of the family. In 1968 the family moved to Derry, in Northern Ireland, in search of a better life.

However, the city was a seething cauldron of unrest, and Matt was present when it exploded in August 1969. Over the next two years Matt witnessed, at close quarters, extraordinary acts of violence and destruction. The family home was burned to the ground in sectarian riots and they lost everything, escaping to Manchester, as refugees, in March 1972.

Deeply affected by his experiences, Matt joined the Greater Manchester Police in 1978. He served for thirty years, rising to the rank of inspector. His experiences were as incredible as those of his early life.

First responder to the Manchester bomb, his no nonsense approach to both drug gang violence and racism and bullying within the police, his leadership in tackling some of the most serious outbreaks of violence in the cities recent history, and involvement in solving some of its most notorious murders, are just some of the hallmarks of an extraordinary career.

Matt has been married to Rhonda since 1981 and has two grown-up children. His son Will is a Royal Marine Commando, his wife Rhonda and daughter Olivia are both Mobile Carers in South Manchester. Matt has two grandsons, Leo & Alfie. Since retirement he has been an active member of the Liberal Democrats.

Lancashire, Afzal Anwar


LLB (Honours), BA Humanities

Public biography
Afzal was born in Nelson, Lancashire and after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pakistan he returned to the UK and began reading law. Afzal graduated as a barrister in 2001 and following the successful completion of his one year training period he joined David Phillips and Partners as a barrister in 2002.

Afzal is a proactive member of the community and is a community representative to the Whitefield Regeneration Partnership and also a Governor of Ghausia Girls High School in Nelson.

Afzal is married with five children and in his spare time he enjoys playing cricket, horse riding, keeping fit, walking in the countryside and socialising with friends.

Merseyside, Paula Keevney

Current Occupation
University Lecturer

Edinburgh University- MA philosophy and politics
University of Central Lancs-Diploma in journalism
Cambridge Marketing College-Diploma in PR
Edge Hill University - Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education

Public Biography
Paula Keaveney is a former journalist and voluntary sector manager who lives in Garston in South Liverpool and now works as a University Lecturer.

She is the former Leader of the Lib Dem Group on Liverpool City Council and has been involved in politics and campaigning since 1981.

Paula has led, or taken part, in many campaigns. Most recently she has been fighting plans for a waste site on Garston Docks, she set up Friends of Garston Park and was part of the national campaign against ID Cards.

Paula is a published author, a regular broadcaster and has appeared on the BBC TV programme Mastermind answering questions about former Prime Minister H H Asquith and the Seinfeld TV comedies.

Paula is 52 and lives in Canterbury Street in the part of Garston called "Under the Bridge".

South Central

Hampshire, David Goodall

Currently a Project Manager with Chemring PLC

• CEng gained through the Institution of Engineering and Technology
• BEng(Hons) 2.1 Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Portsmouth Polytechnic
• Industrial Studies Diploma, Portsmouth Polytechnic
• APMP (IPMA level D) from the Association of Project Management
• Further education at Isle of Wight College of Arts & Technology
• Secondary education at Cowes High School

Public biography
David is the son of a former Isle of Wight Police Inspector and local Councillor. He is also the brother of a serving Hampshire Police Inspector and so does know quite a bit about a policeman's lot. Serving across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight both his father and brother have had numerous difficult incidents to deal with.

David was born in Southampton and started school there. The family moved to Winchester whilst he was still at Infants School, when his father helped setup the new Police Control Room. The family moved again this time to Cowes, when David was at Junior School, this time it was due his father's promotion to station Sergeant. There the family stayed and so David grew up on the Isle of Wight where his main interests were scouting, swimming, and playing hockey.

In 1989 he married Kerstin at Cowes Baptist Church and in 1996 their twin sons were born on the Island. Since 1997 David, Kerstin and boys have lived in West End, Southampton. The boys currently attend Secondary School in Southampton and as a family they regularly attend Thornhill Baptist Church.

For 4 years David served as a Parish Councillor in Wootton Bridge and since 2002 has been an Eastleigh Borough Councillor. David has been Chairman and member of the Environment and Transport Scrutiny Panel, as well as a member of the Social Policy and Performance Review Scrutiny panels. In 2011 David was also elected to West End Parish Council where he is current Chairman. David is also Chairman of the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) scrutiny panel and a member the Hedge End, West End and Botley Local Area Committee (HEWEB LAC). David takes a very active role in all his council work.

As an Eastleigh councillor David is a member of the Community Safety Forum which works to improve relationships between the police, community groups and residents.
On West End Parish Council he receives regular briefings on the police work, because the Parish Council contributes funding to guarantee that at least one Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) is on duty during the day in West End, giving a visible police presence on the streets.

Since 2002 David has also been School Governor in Southampton serving on the main Governor body and on sub-committees dealing with the school finance to ensure that public money is spent wisely, maximum benefit is obtained for the children and the schools books always balance.

In 2011 David also became a board member of Southampton Advice & Representation Centre (SARC), which is a registered charity that specialise in welfare benefits and employment law advice. SARC provide a free, impartial and confidential advice service covering matters from simple form filling, to representation at Social Security Tribunals, Employment Tribunals, and beyond.

In his professional life, David started as a Technician Apprentice at Plessey in Cowes and is now Project Manager for an international research and development company, based in Romsey. He is experienced in managing staff and budgets taking critical decisions on both. As a technical consultant, he is also involved in a number of security related issues, including tackling the growing problem of cyber crime.

Commenting on his selection, David Goodall said: "The most important issue facing the new Police and Crime Commissioner will be how to provide a good police service across Hants and the Isle of Wight given the current state of public finances."

David continued: "I believe the key is getting value for money by ensuring that police officer's time is maximised doing police work and not paperwork. Good use of technology and a cull of forms will be essential to achieve this.

"It is also essential to get all the agencies working together to tackle the causes of crime and this is where I see the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight having a key role."

David has campaigned hard on a variety of issues, including campaigning against Post Office closures and water fluoridation, for better roads & pavements, to reduce the effects of climate change, for Gurkha justice, for better recycling, for lower taxes, for cleaner streets, for fairer taxation and fairer votes.

Outside of politics David's interests include DIY, genealogy, renewable energy and swimming.

Thames Valley, John Howson

Director of an Education Research Company

Univerity of Oxford: MSc; LSE: BSc Econ

Public biography
John is an expert on both education and the justice system in England and Wales as well a regular columnist and broadcaster. John has been a teacher, lecturer, government adviser, and a company director, and was also an education adviser to the Liberal Democrats between1997 and 2010.

John has been a member of several Party working parties on education and crime policy and is Vice President of a national charity in the justice field.

John has extensive experience of the criminal justice system during the past 20 years and has expertise in the licensing feild. He has experience of being a victim of serious crime including a stabbing and several burglaries.

With a business and public service background and a national profile he is ideally suited to be the Thames Valley's first Police and Crime Commissioner.

John was a founder member of the Liberal Democrats and has been active in politics for the past 40 years. In the 2005 general election he fought Reading East increasing the Lib Dem vote from 17% to 24%.

Educated at both the LSE and Oxford, he has lived in the Thames Valleyfor the past 30 years.

Surrey, Nick O'Shea

Company Director/ Management and Financial Consultant

Kings College, London, BSc (Maths & Chemistry)

Public biography
Nick was born in Woking and has lived in the Dorking area since the mid 1960s.

He is a chartered management accountant and has worked for several large international companies although more recently has been involved with several smaller local businesses, as well as having been a financial consultant with the NHS for Surrey PCT.

He is currently director of a number of companies including one on the London Stock Exchange He was previously a district councillor in Mole Valley during the 1990s.

Nick's wife is a qualified chef, running her own private catering business. They have been married for 32 years and have two adult sons.

West Midlands

Avon and Somerset - Pete Levy

Managing Director of Green Lit Media Ltd

Public biography
Pete has been a Liberal Democrat member of Bristol City Council since May 2010.

Following a brief spell with Wiltshire Constabulary as both a Police Cadet and then Police Constable, Pete joined the Royal Military Police serving six years at various European locations including attachments with the Special Investigations Branch.
Pete subsequently held a number of Director level positions with national security organisations.

Following retraining at Middlesex University Pete began his second career in broadcasting by joining the pioneering breakfast television company, TV-am, later becoming the company's Head of Graphic Design.

He is now the Managing Director of Green Lit Media Ltd, a broadcast and corporate production facility. Pete is also a founder member of the regional support cluster, Bristol Media and served on the Board since 2005 and as Chair in 2008/9. He stepped down from this organisation to concentrate on his other commitments.

Since June 2010 Pete has been one of two elected Bristol Councillors serving with the Avon and Somerset Police Authority. Sitting on various committees and panels including serving as Joint Chair of the Citizen Focused Policing Board, lead member for the Health and Safety Executive as well as a member of the HR committee.

Dorset - Andy Canning

Local Councillor

BSc Economics

Public biography
Andy Canning is an experienced local campaigner having represented Dorchester on the town and district council's since 1999. He has Chaired the Town's Management and Heritage Committee's for several years.

Andy's background is in economics having been a graduate of the LSE and a director of the fund management arms of both HSBC and Barclays. He became disenchanted with the values of the City and left this career in 1996.

Andy moved to Dorchester in 1998 after the birth of his son. He has stood for parliament twice before and has been a general election agent twice as well - helping Simon Hughes to his largest ever majority in 1992.

Andy and his partner Melissa have one son who attends a local school.

Gloucestershire - Alistair Cameron

Awaiting Biography

Humberside - Simone Butterworth

Simone is a life-long resident of Humberside with a proven record of championing local people.

She's worked in social care with a variety of clients, including looked after children and adults with mental health issues, and has a proud record of volunteering for the local community - she's volunteered for Dove House Hospice, Aids Action and caring for older people.

She has represented Avenue Ward on Hull City Council from 1994-95 and then from 1998 to the present day.

Simone said:

"I'm standing in this election because people in the Humberside force area deserve a progressive alternative to the choices on offer.

"I believe that Policing should be fair and independent - there should be no political interference in operational policing.

"Policing should respond to the needs of local communities - it's not up to politicians to impose their views.

"At a time when there's precious little money to go round, every available penny should be spent on front-line policing."

South Yorkshire - Robert Teal

Runs his own retail business

Diploma in Business Studies, Open University
Certificate in Education, Huddersfield University

Public biography
Robert works hard as part of his local community. In his work as a retailer, Robert has owned several businesses but always makes time to deal with customers face-to-face.

Continuing personal development is important to him and most recently he has studied for an Open University Degree. He is also an active member of the Institute of Directors.

Representing the interests of others has been part of Robert's life for over 20 years. As a Rotarian, a Chamber of Commerce council member and serving on several industry committees, he has worked tirelessly for the fair treatment of individuals and small and medium sized businesses without the resources to speak up for themselves.

As a Magistrate, Robert seeks justice for victims as well as the rehabilitation of offenders and always seeks to ensure that the punishment fits the crime.

Outside of work Robert enjoys travelling in the UK and abroad, usually driving or motorcycle riding. Reading, theatre, film and keeping up with friends and family are also long-term passions.

Robert has three children and lives with his partner in a village outside Barnsley.

West Yorkshire - Cllr Andrew Marchington

Kirklees Councillor
Member of Peak District National Park Authority
Member of West Yorkshire Police Authority

BEd (Mathematics and Information Technology)

Public biography
Andrew was brought up in the village of Golcar in the Colne Valley where he lives with his wife and two children.

He trained to teach mathematics and information technology, a career he followed in secondary schools for six years and primary schools for seven years. He continues to teach mathematics to groups of Gifted and Talented Children in local Primary Schools, on a voluntary basis.

He was elected to Kirklees Council in 2004 and was appointed to cabinet with responsibility for Community Support Services the following year. He has chaired the Kirklees Safer Stronger Communities Partnership, the Violent Crime Task Group and the Respect Steering Group. He is a member of the Community Cohesion Programme Board, Kirklees SACRE and Kirklees Faiths Forum.

In the Colne Valley he leads on Young Peoples' issues for the Area Committee and served for five years on the Peak District National Park Authority. He chairs the Colne Valley and Golcar Neighbourhood Management Group. He is a governor at Beech Early Years, Infant and Nursery School.

Andrew is passionate about making the world a better place and helping local communities feel better equipped to meet the challenges that they face.
To relax Andrew enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with his family. He is a local preacher in the Methodist Church.