Liberal Democrats announce councillor James Joyce as candidate for Norfolk police and crime commissioner

PUBLISHED: 17:20 27 September 2012 | UPDATED: 10:45 28 September 2012

James Joyce will stand for the Liberal Democrats in the commissioner elections.

James Joyce will stand for the Liberal Democrats in the commissioner elections.


The Liberal Democrats today announced they had selected a postmaster and county councillor as their candidate for Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner.

James Joyce will stand for the party at the commissioner elections on November 15.

Mr Joyce, who represents Reepham on the county council and Eynesford ward on Broadland Council, has been a member of Norfolk Police Authority since 2005, but is stepping down from the authority to fight the elections.

As Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner he would have the power to hire and fire the chief constable and set police budgets.

The father-of-two who lives in Wood Dalling said: “Most Liberal Democrats have some reservations about the new process of elected commissioners but we are determined to make the system work effectively.

“Like all public bodies the Police are under financial pressure, they need to do more for less.

“Driving out inefficiency is and has to remain a key objective. Back room savings must continue to be turned into front line visibility.”

Mr Joyce said that keeping the public informed of the police’s work would be crucial for the new system of elected police commissioners to work.

Former army colonel Jamie Athill, who was educated at Gresham’s School before a career in the army, will contest the election for the Conservatives, while former Norwich City Council leader, Steve Morphew, is Labour’s candidate.

Last week former Norfolk Police Authority chairman, Stephen Bett, announced he would stand as an independent candidate, stating that party politics should not become entangled with local policing.

Mervyn Lambert, who runs a Garboldisham-based plant hire, sales, rental and servicing firm has also indicated he is to stand as an independent candidate.

The closing date for candidates is October 19.

•See tomorrow’s EDP and Evening News for the full story.


  • Cllr. Joyce is splitting the vote for his party coalition, the least he can do. His standing will highlight the party political practises that are taken as normal in Norfolk councils. The choice is easy, Norfolk needs a business man, someone who is successful, Independent and has the well being of Norfolk's people at heart, Mervyn Lambert.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • We must not have a local politician in this role, even one who does not enjoy the nomination of his political party.

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    John Martin

    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • If he wins - God forbid - I only hope that he performs better than he does as a constituency representative.

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    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • Norman Lamb said on Sunday on Sunday Politics show these elections weren't their priority. So what does this mean now they've announced someone. The candidate is just a last minute thought?

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    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • county councillor, district councillor, recently on the police authority, what a busy man, where does he find the time?

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    Friday, September 28, 2012

  • Quite why Mr Bett is standing is beyond me because we will only end up with a continuation of the cosy relationship Mr Bett has had with the various Chief Constables over the years. It`s good to see people, such as Mr Atill and Mr Lambert applying for the job, who will bring a fresh perspective to how the force is run.

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    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • Dear oh dear, one can only presume that by putting forward this candidate, the Lib Dems are supporting Mervyn Lambert, the best man for the people of Norfolk.

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    Honest John

    Friday, September 28, 2012

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