An independent candidate to become Norfolk’s first police and crime commissioner has announced his ‘running mate’ in the campaign.

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Stephen Bett, ex-chairman of Norfolk Police Authority, quit the Conservatives to run as an independent for the post and has revealed Jenny McKibben, an independent member of the police authority, will be his deputy if he wins the election on November 15.

He said: “The role of Police and Crime Commissioner is a very big job with huge accountability – too big for just one person to be across all aspects of operational policing and resources.

“Jenny shares my view that there is no room for party politics in local policing. The skills and experience she can bring to the role complement mine to make us a highly effective team.”

The mother-of-three, who lives in Norwich and works as an assessor for the National Police Improvement Agency, has been chairman of the authority’s performance and engagement committee.

She said: “I strongly believe party politics need to be kept out of policing. I’ve been an independent member of the authority and have never belonged to any political party.

“Stephen and I have always focused on what works best for Norfolk and share total commitment to make Norfolk police the best in the country. Our job will be to serve and be in touch with all communities.”

The other candidates in the election are: Jamie Athill (Conservatives). James Joyce (Liberal Democrats), Steve Morphew (Labour) and Matthew Smith (UKIP).

34 comments

  • A visit to the NPA site gives you all of Jenny McKibben`s financial and other interests. I just don`t know how she will find the time to fit this job in, if, heaven forbid Mr Bett were to be elected. Some of his decisions, like building a PFI financed cell block for the city of Norwich at Wymondham defy belief. As for making Norfolk a safer county - its mostly down to demographics, not Mr Bett.

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    BG

    Monday, October 29, 2012

  • Well, well. One of SB's NPA chums. This is of course the same NPA which has stuck up it's precept so excessively since it came into being that the cost to Norfolk people is some £40 million a year more than the rise in inflation over the same term. Unbelievable. Now they are promoting a plan to cut £25 million minimum from spending on Norfolk's police just so George can reduce the money we get from central government. Our local taxes will remain bloated. If you ask me the 'independent' Jen McK is as tainted as SB and for that matter James Joyce, the LibDem candidate who is also a member of NPA. They have run this quango, raking in disproportionate allowances whilst fleecing the electorate, who have of course had no chance of redress until now.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Monday, October 29, 2012

  • Stephen Morphew is not only intending to make this a full time role but also not taking on a deputy. More importantly we can be assured that he will not be under the ruling thumb of the Conservatives at County Hall who are currently dictating every other policy in this County, and will do so here if either of their candidates get in. Even the Director of Public Health NHS is now employed solely by NCC, and deciding who has the right to health and well being in Norfolk, and who will be subjected to known toxic emissions. Stephen Bett is a Conservative and always will be, in favour of the incinerator like his chums in County Hall, so how can he possibly be considered as someone who has time for democracy? This position needs to go to someone who is in touch with the people in the real world, not those who go on the shoots he organises on his land. We only hear about the Conservatives in the EDP, or criticism of the Lib Dems, why can’t we read some positive spin on anyone else? Sorry I forgot, County Hall dictates that area too.

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    Honest John

    Monday, October 29, 2012

  • Does Mr Betts need an Assistant in order to give himself time to pursue his other interests ? Or if elected will he give the job his full time energy ?--Surely he could split the £100.000 salary that the job is reputed to pay with his Assistant and and save the taxpayer money. He would still bank £50.000 which is £20.000 up on the wage I understand he received for his part time efforts as "Chairman of the Police Authority"

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    Orson Carter

    Sunday, October 28, 2012

  • .....The mother-of-three, who lives in Norwich and works as an assessor for the National Police Improvement Agency...........'The NPIA is a non-departmental public body (NDPB) sponsored and funded by the Home Office. It is police-owned and police-led; with representation on the National Policing Board and an executive leadership drawn from the police service.We are a policing organisation acting as a central resource to the police service, working for ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers), APA (Association of Police Authorities) and the Home Office to improve the delivery of policing.................Oh dear! I wonder if she will be pushing for cuts in Norfolks contribution to the NPIA?

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    Rhombus

    Sunday, October 28, 2012

  • Well, well. One of SB's NPA chums. This is of course the same NPA which has stuck up it's precept so excessively since it came into being that the cost to Norfolk people is some £40 million a year more than the rise in inflation over the same term. Unbelievable. Now they are promoting a plan to cut £25 million minimum from spending on Norfolk's police just so George can reduce the money we get from central government. Our local taxes will remain bloated. If you ask me the 'independent' Jen McK is as tainted as SB and for that matter James Joyce, the LibDem candidate who is also a member of NPA. They have run this quango, raking in disproportionate allowances whilst fleecing the electorate, who have of course had no chance of redress until now.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Monday, October 29, 2012

  • This just about completes the americanisation of our police service. They dress like american cops, act like american cops, grandstand like american cops in front of the media and now we have that awful american phrase, "a running mate." Beam me up Scottie, I have had enough of this nonsense. Bring back Pc George Dixon.

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    BG

    Monday, October 29, 2012

  • Theresa May stated publicly some months ago that the Commissioner could choose whether to treat the role as a full-time one or as a part-time one without any abatement of salary. Now we find that at least one of our candidates has already lined up a deputy to help him. I only hope that he has not done so to allow him - if elected - to carry on with his extensive farming and landowning interests.

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    John Martin

    Monday, October 29, 2012

  • @pop-up F G Hob......Do the plebescite have a say in whether we prefer:to pay the cost for a) one or more police on the beat or b) an unelected assistant on a multiple of the average Norfolk wage? ......So a)are you saying that you don't want a more accountable Police Authority, b)we need more police c)all moneys to the police (above inflation?) should be ring fenced to buy more beat officers rather than say expanding specialist units (anti terror....anti fraud...police pop-ups etc). d)The Police and the Police Authority does an excellent job, but really should get more money from the public. e)The Police Authority members are absolutely independent from Police Influence...politically, financially and personally. f) So why fix something that is already perfect....I hope I have read into your post correctly

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    Rhombus

    Monday, October 29, 2012

  • Good luck Jenny McKibben on getting the job as 'Deputy' Police Commissioner for Norfolk! Would it be wrong to think that you will soon be losing your job with the National Police Improvement Agency because they won't need your services after the Norfolk Police Authority finishes?

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    Rhombus

    Sunday, October 28, 2012

  • ingo; I understand that the winner must obtain at least half the votes as each member of the electorate has two votes each. Surely the fairest way to select a running mate is for the second highest scoring candidate to become the deputy. - this way the electorate will know that the deputy will have been elected fairly as he would have the second highest vote.It would also give a balanced representation. Anyone else agree?

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    maryjane

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012

  • Well said John Martin, and why do our candidates only now reveal their deputies, after having their practise questioned by the ex Independent Mervyn Lambert in the letters pages yesterday? Ms McKibben spoke up for Stephen Bett in the run up to the election and should have kept quiet as a deputy, but the ERO has no powers to police fairness and rule violations, he said so much. And what of the other candidates preferential choices, taken on our behalf?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, October 28, 2012

  • So Mr Bett your plan is coming to fruition. You've got your leftie running mate who has put me off voting for you. You've got your Tory agent which will put your leftie running mate's chums off voting for you or did you think that people would think those were two positive moves. Uh oh! And you got Mervyn Lambert to resign to leave you as the only Independent. Did you get him to sign a resignation letter? And please do not insult our intelligence by pretending to be Independent. You put yourself forward to be the Tory candidate and only suddenly went all Independent on us when you were given your come uppance and some nobody was chosen in your place. Independent my eye. I haven't decided whether I'm voting for the Labour chap or the UKIP chap who has already shown he is somebody who can stand up to the Tories.

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    alecto

    Monday, October 29, 2012

  • well spoken, police commissioner, so, now to Jamie Athill's deputy. Is there any mileage in the rumour that he might ask Simon Woodbridge, ex leader of BDC, to become his second in command? Should we be introduced to whoever it is? Why Mr. Athill's cagey response on Radio Norfolk's debate, does he think we do not deserve to learn who will deputise this expensive job?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012

  • Stephen Bett rarely attended meetings in his previous roles in NCC, how on earth does he expect to magic more time out of thin air to do justice to the PCC role? Mervyn Lambert acknowledged the enourmity of the role and backed out, Stephen Bett should do the same and stop chasing prestige, power and money. Why has there been no openness and transparency into this role and the true cost of yet another hairbrained scheme? How could it ever be classed as non-political, when political parties were putting up candidates?

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    Honest John

    Sunday, October 28, 2012

  • @popeye - At least George Dixon called people sir and madam, not mate. He was always smartly turned out and took the time and bother to have a shave before coming to work and wasn`t covered in tattoos. Ah, the good old days.

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    BG

    Monday, October 29, 2012

  • I know these individuals well in both a personal and professional context and they have my full support. They will make an excellent team and have both been instrumental in making Norfolk one of the safest counties in England. They have the experience, the track record and when it comes to it they will have my vote.

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    Edmund Allenby

    Sunday, October 28, 2012

  • Do the plebescite have a say in whether we prefer:to pay the cost for a) one or more police on the beat or b) an unelected assistant on a multiple of the average Norfolk wage?

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    F G HOB

    Monday, October 29, 2012

  • ingo: I understand from the flyer that has come through my door that th voting system is such trhat 2 candidates can be voted for and the winner mustgain more than half the votes

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    maryjane

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012

  • I'm voting for for the kippers, too many of the others are old and grey, with fag paper differences for choice.

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    nrg

    Sunday, October 28, 2012

  • Hi Popeye, a view:- I would like more accountability (not micro management), best value (not necessarily = lowest cost with expenditure devolved to the constabulary, as now, under the responsibility of our new Commissioner). However, I don't share your views on absolute independence and I don't believe any of us have attained perfection!

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    F G HOB

    Monday, October 29, 2012

  • Honest John, in 2010-2011 Stephen Bett was assigned one of the lowest attendance targets by NCC, and even then he only achieved 54% while still drawing a full basic allowance. No figures for 2011-2012 have been published.

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    Nemesis

    Sunday, October 28, 2012

  • It is completely ridiculous for Stephen Bett to peddle the "no place for party politics line' when he tried to be selected as the Conservative candidate for the PCC post and only stood as an independent because he failed to be chosen by the Tories. The whole point of the new post is that it is an elected position, chosen by the people of Norfolk, unlike the previous Police Authority which was rife with cronyism and back door deals - as shown in his choice of deputy. He really is shameless.

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    Allie Wharf

    Sunday, October 28, 2012

  • Well, well. One of SB's NPA chums. This is of course the same NPA which has stuck up it's precept so excessively since it came into being that the cost to Norfolk people is some £40 million a year more than the rise in inflation over the same term. Unbelievable. Now they are promoting a plan to cut £25 million minimum from spending on Norfolk's police just so George can reduce the money we get from central government. Our local taxes will remain bloated. If you ask me the 'independent' Jen McK is as tainted as SB and for that matter James Joyce, the LibDem candidate who is also a member of NPA. They have run this quango, raking in disproportionate allowances whilst fleecing the electorate, who have of course had no chance of redress until now.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Monday, October 29, 2012

  • what a hard choice to make , alecto, I think you should have a lie in instead, cause whatever small minority will vote for this nonsense, they will no doubt claim to have jurisdiction over us all, to have the democratic rights assigned to them. This farce turns democratic elections into a regurgitating exercise, by denying that they have no public mandate they are kicking democratic values whilst they're down.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, October 29, 2012

  • ....Bring back Pc George Dixon. .....exactly the sort of cop we need today. He joined the police when he was 55, got shot dead, recovered and rejoined the police when he was 60 and patrolled the beat until he was 83, all done without the aid of a radio, police car, or a computer!

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    Rhombus

    Monday, October 29, 2012

  • How on earth can Stephen Bett claim to hold the view that there is no place for party politics in policing, when he was desperate to be nominated as the Conservative Party candidate for the PCC role? And why is it that we are only told now that the winner of the election can appoint a deputy at the cost of another £76,500 to the public?

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    Nemesis

    Sunday, October 28, 2012

  • Do we get to vote for his choice of old pal's act????

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    nrg

    Sunday, October 28, 2012

  • Surely any deputy Police and Crime Commissioner should also be elected by the people. Failing that, he or she should only be appointed after a competitve recruitment exercise. The sum of £76500 annually out of public funds should not be in the gift of one man. What does this say about Mr Bett?

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    John Martin

    Sunday, October 28, 2012

  • I am pretty sure that the Labour and UKIP candidates have both stated publicly that they do not intend to appoint an expensive deputy. The so-called Independent candidate has made it clear that he does, and that there is not going to be any open competition for the role, despite the fact that it is a publicly funded one. Now we need to hear from the Conservative and Lib Dem candidates what they intend to do.

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    Nemesis

    Monday, October 29, 2012

  • A clear indication of Atlanticism which is what these elections are all about.Whoever dreamt this up could not have watched The Wire.Norfolk is not Baltimore and several of us would prefer to keep it that way.What next?Running mates for the parish council elections?Also,which of the Norfolk candidates are being supported by the Atlanticist pro police privatisation lobby,yet another import from the USA,like the mafia.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, October 29, 2012

  • I'm voting for Steven Morphew simply because he will be far more cost effective in that he will have no running mate, which will save us at least £55,000 per anum. The other thing is that he should know a bit about crime living in Catton Grove Rd.

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    John L Norton

    Sunday, October 28, 2012

  • The problem with having a lie in Ingo is that whatever happens and however much ridicule we pour on the heads of the candidates there will be a Police Commissioner and his highly paid chumbo as chosen by himself and I would rather vote for the candidate who has come on publicly and said that he will not be choosing his deputy dawg from a group of his chums but will be advertising the post after election. Step forward Mr Honest Morphew. As for the Tory and the Pretendy IndependentTory, they have already chosen their mates and at least Mr Betts has come clean and said who she is going to be. Jamie Antheap is keeping the fact that he has chosen (or the Party has chosen for him) Simon Woodbridge, Broadland Tory Councillor, as his deputy dawg. Independent of Political control ha ha ha. I'm surprised he doesnt trip over his own nose.

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    alecto

    Monday, October 29, 2012

  • Is the greatest con? Bett stands as the Tory candidate for Police commissioner and loses. So he therefore achieves his lifelong ambition to be chosen as an independent a belief he has aspired to we are told throughout his long held office as a tory elected member of the NNC. He now tells us that the job is too big for him so he needs a deputy who he has personally selected on a salary we are required to pay. I would presume there will be a staff to attend their needs and cars for them to drive round in. It all sounds like a little tinpot court set up in the the backwoods of a banana republic.alongside the other tinpot court at County Hall. In years to come we will have turf wars I think. I can't vote for a man who has been pretending to be something he isn't and admits he is unable to do the job without someone propping him up and costing me a lot of extra money without being consulted.

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    maryjane

    Monday, October 29, 2012

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