A former member of the Great Yarmouth Conservative Association who defected to UKIP has launched his campaign to be Norfolk’s first police and crime commissioner with an appeal to younger voters.

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Matthew Smith, aged 24 is one of the youngest candidates taking part in next month’s elections and he is calling for young people to really engage in these elections and, above all, to use their votes.

He said: “One of the biggest and most consistent complaints young people make these days is that ‘nobody understands us’ and this is particularly relevant when we are talking about policing in Norfolk. Well, here is a chance for young people to vote for, and elect, one of their own, who really does understand them. We don’t need another middle-aged suit in this job. We need someone with energy and enthusiasm, not only to make sure that the police work well with young people, but with the population as a whole. My message is: get out there and vote on 15th November. In this election you really can make a difference.”

Mr Smith, from Great Yarmouth, kicked off his campaign yesterday by stating that “other parties have failed us” and highlighting his commitment to local people and local victims as well as his intention to work with young people.

He said: “I’ve lived in Norfolk my entire life. I’ve got a strong interest in Norfolk and making sure it’s safe.”

He wants to reduce crime by working with young people in Norfolk who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (Neet) and trying to tackle issues that arise as a result.

He said: “Where I live in Yarmouth it’s a particular problem. It’s crime as a result of lack of opportunities – today’s young offenders are tomorrow’s long-term criminals.”

Mr Smith also wants to put more police officers on the streets by “reducing bureaucracy” and having more special constables rather than PCSOs “who don’t actually have any powers”.

He said: “This country badly needs a police force that puts the victim’s rights ahead of those of the criminal and is freed from the excesses of paperwork brought about by years of big state regulation.”

As a UKIP candidate Mr Smith’s mandate as police and crime commissioner candidate is to:

Be a member of the community, not just another career politician.

Reconnect the police with people and their local communities.

Have a zero tolerance approach to criminal behaviour – including low-level nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

Have prison sentences that mean what they say, with more effort to prevent repeat offending.

See fewer foreign criminals in our jails and on our streets.

Defend traditional British rights and justice.

Mr Smith, who in May missed out on taking the Gorleston seat in the Great Yarmouth borough elections by 50 votes to Conservative Bert Collins, defected from the Tory party last year – he had been secretary of the Great Yarmouth Conservative Association.

He said he is a prominent campaigner in Yarmouth and an advocate of grassroots campaigning and local democracy.

20 comments

  • BG, the cllr.'s will still sit on the NPA and get their expenses and pension allowances, this post is not replacing costs but adding a new budget. Before we know its the 18th. Nov. and a secretary is added to the deputy and his boss. It is important that deputies should be named before the election as they could easily be running the minority command, unaccountable and for the next three years, should anything happen to the PCC. Why should it be a secret?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • I'm not voting for the Tory candidate but I have to vote for the person I think may win and beat him because a no vote will be a vote for the Tory as there are so many people in Norfolk who would vote for Old Nick himself if he had a blue rosette on regardless of the untold misery they are raining down on the heads of those same people.

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    alecto

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • Oh dear alecto, what will you do? You are going to have a very slim choice. There's a Tory who (apparently) only joined the party to stand for the election of their candidate, an ex-Tory defector standing for UKIP, a Lib Dem (Tories in all but name as the coalition government has demonstrated), and an Independent former Tory who jumped ship to stand as an Independent after he missed out in the race to be the Tory candidate.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • Policing should not be about politics. There is no true politically independent candidate. i will not be voting for any political candidate. So None of the Above.

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    Farquarson-Smythe

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • There is a massive communication problem between the politicians and the electorate generally but what a way to try to correct it with these PPC elections.There is simply not enough information about these elections available to the electorate as the Coalition try to run democracy on the cheap.Who is responsible too for the timing?Many understandably are reluctant to talk about this on the doorstep on a cold,dark november evening.Partly because of these factors turn-out is likely to be so low as to put the validity of the elections into question,a waste of public money when it is needed most to prevent the cuts.Another effect will be the hardened minority,like me,who do vote are likely to be old crusties who believe it is a public duty to vote.The outcome means it could be too skewed in favour of one particular generation as a result.Overall it just adds to the conclusion the Coalition are hopeless.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • the PCP is the new NPA BG, slimline I grant you but still there, so why so apologetic of this extra whipping boy portfolio? Why excuse the waste, if it can't be done by an Independent, then it is is a waste of another job for the boys, more take from the taxpayer. DEPUTIES SHOULD BE NAMED, no way should we allow them to slip past the electorate in this worst election ever. First they couldn't get it sorted fro May, they did not want the bad news before the Olympics, now they can't be bothered to advertise it and want charge candidates a ransom, with nothing in return. The election discriminates against Independent candidates and with a minority mandate, will have no contract with the people.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • I'm warming to Mr Smith, he's spot on with the plastic plod point...ingo, don't think you'll be so happy to be stopped and asked for your name and address by a plastic plod...thought not!!! up the kippers!

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    nrg

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • Mr Smiths lack of understanding and knowledge(or the lack of)of the PCSO role is quite simply breathtaking. What else doesn't he know about. Seriously, are we expected to vote for people like Mr Smith? He states that he wants to "reconnect the police with people and their local communities" what do you think the local Safer Neighbourhood Teams have been doing since 2002? Mr Smith also states that he is an advocate of grassroots campaigning and local democracy. Well, for all our sakes I do hope local democracy shines through and Mr Smith moves onto his next political party

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    whippingboy

    Friday, October 26, 2012

  • To all sock puppets feeling the need to hide behind false flags, I have been stopped and asked my name and address many times and I value PCSO's. Whjat we should concern ourselves with is to ask our Tories who they will appoint to become their deputies, there is no need to be cagey about their choice. Any of the candidates that deny us this information will clearly appoint a party political person to sit next to them. The brief for PCC has been totally missed, not one of the candidates is remotely Independent and without their open information as to who they are planning to appoint, I will not vote in this election, its akin to boiling unlaid eggs.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, October 26, 2012

  • Policing should not be about politics. There is no true politically independent candidate. i will not be voting for any political candidate. So None of the Above.

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    Farquarson-Smythe

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • PCSO's are making a vital contribution to policing in Norfolk and elsewhere and mr. Smith calling them 'plastic policemen' is indicative of his immaturity. Our PCC's, now all declared, should name the deputies they are going to empower, unelected, without public scrutiny, because, not not only will we have to pay the 90K for the PCC, but find another 55K for a second in command. We are only electing the PCC and not his deputy, so the least we can expect is that they are named. Ideally the job of deputy should be part of the comprehensive spending review next year and be cut.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • Peter Watson - The Corby by election is on the 15th November. Shall we cancel that as well?

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    BG

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • @ alecto - I take it you would prefer to pin a red rosette on a monkey up`t north then.

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    BG

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • ingo wagenknecht - Well, that`s much cheaper than the 222K annual expenses for the mainly political NPA committee members and also far cheaper than the 12 permanent members of staff of the NPA, the CEO for example having an annual remuneration package of over 140K. I don`t recall anyone ever suggesting a cull to the NPA at anytime, particularly the chairman Mr Bett.

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    BG

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • I plan to spoil my vote by writing Waste of Time and Money across it. It will be the first time I have ever rejected the opportunity to vote. This is just plain daft; like so much else from this ConDem Coalition.

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    Richard Woods

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • You forget the commissioner will be subject to a costly panel AND will have his own staff. Oh yes and we will have to poay for a costly election every 5 years. Do not be fooled - this is a Total Waste of Time and Money.

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    Richard Woods

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • ingo wagenknecht I hate to disagree with you but the NPA is toast. There will be a Police and Crime Panel which is a totally different animal. But the horrendous bill of the NPA will be a thing of the past.

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    BG

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • ingo you've given your name and address to the plastics??? gosh, don't you you know you shouldn't ride on pavements???

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    nrg

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012

  • Policing should not be about politics. There is no true politically independent candidate. i will not be voting for any political candidate. So None of the Above.

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    Farquarson-Smythe

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • I cannot agree Ingo I believe that the PCSOs make work for themselves by falsely identifying problems when there are none and needs for action when there is no need, are underqualified for some of the work they undertake and are poor value for money. I hope the fist move by any new police commissioner will be to lobby NCC and the highways agency to remove all laybys from dual carriageways and A roads which are not separated from the highway by a built baulk of kerbing. Then there might not have been the tragedy of one poor girl killed and her driver friend's life ruined by guilt and by being imprisoned for 15 months. The lay by in question is a menace as are many similar-narrow, unmarked and some badly surfaced- on the A47 between Acle and Norwich, including one at Witton beside the dualled stretch where a taxi driver went off the road and was killed a few years ago. Of course we should all be alert and driving safely so we never mistake an unmarked undivided layby for the road or a parked vehicle in a layby on the bend of a road for slow moving traffic, but councils and police forces should be able to ensure that roads on their patch are as safe as possible.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

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