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Conservative’s police and crime commissioner candidate Jamie Athill on the campaign trail

06:30 10 September 2012

Conservative Crime Commissioner candidate James Athill accompanied by Norwich North M.P Chloe Smith visiting Norwich YMCA. Pictured with Norfolk YMCA chief executive Tim Sweeting.Photo: Steve Adams

Conservative Crime Commissioner candidate James Athill accompanied by Norwich North M.P Chloe Smith visiting Norwich YMCA. Pictured with Norfolk YMCA chief executive Tim Sweeting.Photo: Steve Adams

The Conservative’s police and crime commissioner candidate ramped up his campaign for the role this weekend as he headed out to meet voters with Norwich MP Chloe Smith.

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Jamie Athill, who was selected by the party in July, visited the new YMCA MyPlace self-contained flats on Bethel Street in Norwich, knocked on doors at Mile Cross and met shoppers in the city centre.

Mr Athill is campaigning for the role of Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner which, under the scrutiny of a new police and crime panel, will replace the Police Authority following an election in November and will oversee the work of the constabulary.

While at the YMCA on Saturday morning, he met 23-year-old Reece Warman who moved into one of the charity’s Bethel Street flats two months ago and, thanks to the support of the organisation, has recently secured a job working for Greggs.

Mr Athill said voluntary organisations like the YMCA should play a key part in the preventative work he would like to prioritise if elected.

“Channelling funding into intervention activity saves us all in the long run from dealing with other problems once they start,” he said. “Organisations like this do this work better than the state does. They have an emotional investment in it and huge expertise built up over many years.”

Tim Sweeting, chief executive for YMCA Norfolk, who took Mr Athill on a tour of the Bethell Street building alongside support worker Sue Phillips, said it was right for the commissioner candidates to meet with the voluntary sector groups like the YMCA and their residents.

“The focus has got to be on preventative work,” he said. “It’s got to be on providing things for young people to keep them out of trouble and it’s got to be about engaging positively with young people to find out their views and what they need to stay out of the way of police and others.” Mr Athill said it was now “even Stevens” when it came to people knowing about the role of the police and crime commissioner and that awareness was growing.

Miss Smith said she believed the Conservative was an “excellent candidate” who was working hard to get out in Norfolk to tell people about his plans.

Mr Athill, a former Gresham’s School pupil and army colonel, is set to go up against former Norwich City Council leader Stephen Morphew, who has been selected as the Labour candidate.

Prospective candidates must declare themselves by October.

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6 comments

  • This man is a military colonel who the tories want to put in charge of the police leading to effective military control of the police force as favoured by any number of totalitarian regimes.a Colonel in charge of the police.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, September 10, 2012

  • So Mr "I wear a blue rosette but I am completely apolitical" Athill is seen out trying to kid the public that he is independent accompanied by Chloe Smith Tory MP. Has she decided to become independent too? Does anyone fall for this rubbish? By the way Trevor there is an independent candidate - Mervyn Lambert, self made Norfolk businessman who knows more about the way the world works than an ex army officer who has been in the tiny tiny world of army officers for his whole career. But hey, if Athill wins we dont have to worry about whether he knows what Norfolk needs, his bosses, the Conservative Party will tell him. That picture of him with Chloe Smith makes my blood run cold. We now know what they are up to.

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    alecto

    Monday, September 10, 2012

  • Mr Athill is not the Candidate until the Notice of Election which is 28 days before the actual election. Naughty. If they cant get this little things right, his political bosses, how much confidence can we have in his standing? And has Mervyn Lambert stood down? If not, why has the EDP airbrushed him out of existence?

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    alecto

    Monday, September 10, 2012

  • If only there was an independent candidate, or more than one! It is really unfortunate that this role is already being so thoroughly taken over by party politics - the bane of local government in Norfolk.

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    Trevor Ashwin

    Monday, September 10, 2012

  • Mr Athill is not the Candidate until the Notice of Election which is 28 days before the actual election. Naughty. If they cant get this little thing right, his political bosses, how much confidence can we have in his standing? And has Mervyn Lambert stood down? If not, why has the EDP airbrushed him out of existence?

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    alecto

    Monday, September 10, 2012

  • The EDP knows that there is an Independent candidate and that many influential people would want this post to be held by an Independent voice that represents all. Political candidates have advantages against independents, never mind walking around with a demoted politician of the News night variety, making it perfectly clear that thisd will be a party political post that is whipped. Mervyn Lambert today was told by the electoral registration officer at the initial briefing, that he, as an Independent, can have a nomination form to fill out, but he can't have an up to date electoral registration until the 8th of October. What a joke, whats tyhe point giving out the nomination forms? Political party candidates get their monthly updates of the register and are entitled. So come the 8th. October, political parties will announce their candidates nomination, whilst Mervyn will still be collecting his signatures. That is discrimination against Independents.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, September 10, 2012

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