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UKip announce former Tory as candidate for Norfolk Police Commissioner

14:21 17 October 2012

Matthew Smith, 24, is UKip

Matthew Smith, 24, is UKip's candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner in Norfolk.

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The UK Independence Party have announced their candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner in Norfolk.

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It will be Matthew Smith, who in May missed out on taking the Gorleston seat in the Great Yarmouth borough elections by a mere 50 votes to Conservative Bert Collins.

Smith defected from the Conservative Party in 2011 - he had been secretary of the Great Yarmouth Conservative Association. He said at the time “I have left the Conservative Party as I believe they are out of touch with the needs of people both nationally and locally, here in Great Yarmouth.”

Mr Smith says he is a prominent campaigner in Yarmouth and an advocate of grassroots campaigning and local democracy.

His most recent campaign outside of UKip has been with the Save Our Coastguards group.

He added: “We have too many candidates with an ‘I know best approach’ when what we need is somebody who will listen to views from both inside and outside the Police force and take a fresh look at policing in Norfolk.

“Two candidates are former Police Authority members who have slavishly adhered to the bureaucracy introduced by Labour that has left us with less bobbies on the beat and a Conservative candidate who supports a Party that, by 2014, will be spending more on International aid than on our own Nation’s Policing.

“What this county really needs is a police force that puts the victim before the criminal and is freed from the excesses of paperwork brought about by years of big state regulation.”

Mr Smith added that one of his main priorities would be to ensure we have “bobbies on the beat”, and that in his experience of speaking to local people this is their main wish from a local police force.

“PSCOs with little or no power are not a decent substitute for a local Police Officer who knows his area, knows the people involved and is part of the community” he said.

UKip leader Nigel Farage said he wholeheartedly backed Mr Smith’s candidacy and said he would bring “vigour and youthful insight” into the campaign.

“I know from working with him in UKip and my visits to Norfolk and Great Yarmouth his great ability to get people involved and to turn organisations around,” Farage said.

“With a career in sales and marketing, he has a keen understanding of what people are looking for in their lives as well as a natural ability to listen to their concerns.”

Smith, 24, had been selected to stand for the Conservatives in the Claydon Ward in 2011 and had been their candidate at the 2010 local elections in the same ward. He was also one of the Tory candidates in the 2009 County Council elections.

He spent eighteen months on local MP, Brandon Lewis’s campaign team before quitting, stating: “I have left the Conservative Party as I believe they are out of touch with the needs of people both nationally and locally, here in Great Yarmouth. There are so many issues on which I feel they are letting us down but two in particular gave me no choice but to move to a party that puts the British people first — immigration and defence cuts.

“The Conservatives continually fail to tackle the elephant in the room, i.e. immigration from the EU, because they know that in order to deal with it properly, they have to re-examine our whole relationship with the EU. Secondly, I am appalled by what they are doing to our armed forces with draconian cuts at the same time as they are busily committing our brave service personnel to yet another conflict, this time in Libya. They cannot have it both ways.”

Matthew Smith’s website can be found at http://ukip-gy.co.uk/norfolk-pcc-elections and on twitter @_matthew_smith

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32 comments

  • He sort of looks like a Mad Men version of james Dellingpole.

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    oqualifer

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • Daisy Roots, why do you think a degree is necessary? Will any old degree do? Perhaps a Masters degree in "Popular Music" will suffice? You are, I am afraid, wrong. Have you not considered that there are young people (and a growing number at that) who are simply choosing not to go to University? I myself chose not to and I am now studying and training to become a Deck Officer in the Merchant Navy. When I qualify I will have very serious responsibilities revolving around the safety of the ship and especially its crew and I will not be required to have a degree. I am personally insulted by your comment that if Matthew hasn't got a degree he must be ill-educated. You are degrading thousands of young people who sought to better themselves without feeling the need to go to University. What next? You MUST have a degree in political studies to stand for any political position?

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    Alex Monk

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

  • I don't care who he is or what he stands for, I still see little point in bothering to vote.

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    Twig Stevens

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • PCSOs were another con by Labour to make us believe that suddenly we had loads of police officers on the streets. That`s until you got up and close and realised they were nothing of the sort. No powers but, "knew someone who could do the job properly." Yes! a regular police officer. I would rather keep the regular officers than spend a small fortune on a couple of hundred of PCSOs. Nrg I am with you!

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    BG

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • John, while that may be your opinion, it is unfounded. If you compare the two manifestos of each party you will find they are poles apart on many issues. UKIP have policies which can and do appeal to people from all parts of the political spectrum.

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    Alex Monk

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • Daisy Roots, why do you think a degree is necessary? Will any old degree do? Perhaps a Masters degree in "Popular Music" will suffice? You are, I am afraid, wrong. Have you not considered that there are young people (and a growing number at that) who are simply choosing not to go to University? I myself chose not to and I am now studying and training to become a Deck Officer in the Merchant Navy. When I qualify I will have very serious responsibilities revolving around the safety of the ship and especially its crew and I will not be required to have a degree. I am personally insulted by your comment that if Matthew hasn't got a degree he must be ill-educated. You are degrading thousands of young people who sought to better themselves without feeling the need to go to University. What next? You MUST have a degree in political studies to stand for any political position?

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    Alex Monk

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

  • I don't care who he is or what he stands for, I still see little point in bothering to vote.

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    Twig Stevens

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • Interesting to note that there was a letter in the EDP today from Sir Eldon Griffiths - from his Californian home - praising Stephen Bett. My understanding is that he is Stephen Bett's father-in-law. Does that not suggest that Mr Bett is feeling in need of support?

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    Nemesis

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • Pleb...If the plebs are united then we'll never be divided If the plebs are united then we'll never be divided!!!!

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    nrg

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • I just hope whoever gets elected makes a real difference but I suspect this is another heavily funded non job that wastes taxpayers money! Nobody could be so deluded as to think whoever you vote for will change anything by appointing another politician to a lucrative government post! Keith Skipper's hilarious encouragement to take an interest in this non event should be laughed at, and the election treated with the contempt it deserves!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

  • nrg=norton=joanna grey=bookworm : : Time for your afternoon nap i think , ...why don't you stand for election yourself ? But which of your many identities would you stand under ?

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • Actually Ingo, Matthew has long left school and has been working continuously since leaving education. Matthew is offering a fresh choice for Great Yarmouth and Norfolk as a whole, as opposed to the stale options that you've always had. I fail to see how he is "confusing" this independent role at all; if you look at the information about the role of a PCC on the appropriate websites, you will find that they will be able to force quite an impact on local policing. Based on this information, you will realise that if a Conservative, Labour or Liberal candidate is elected into this position, you will see no change at all from what we currently have, because those candidates are all forced to tow the party line. UKIP, however, allow freedom for their candidates to make decisions that are in the best interests of their local area and constituents, even if it may go against the party-line on occasion. I sincerely hope that when this election comes up in November, those that do turn out to vote take a long hard look at what is on offer before voting for the same-old.

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    Alex Monk

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • In my opinion UKIP are nothing more than Tories who have nicked some of the BNP manifesto.

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    John L Norton

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • Jeepers!!! tis only one nrg...others are poor mans-ladies imitations or cheap sock puppets....I'm aiming for a top job, something like a benevolent dictator fits the bill...but not just yet!!!

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    nrg

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • All these double posts and still my opinion hasnt been published! Shame as someone who knows personally about the police that my points are disregarded

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    weareyellows49

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

  • Nope no links at all, maybe i will send a letter and hope it gets published and not sensored by this website

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    weareyellows49

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • Anyone who thinks that PSCOs are useless gets my vote...big up for the kippers!!!!!

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    nrg

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • Having look at Norfolk County Councils dealings over the incinerator is another must....not all crimes are cut and dried.

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    nrg

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • Another political stooge, barely out of school and full of himself no doubt. leaving the Tory's for the UKIP means that he is ambitious, but what doers he know about maintaining a 1.13 billion pension hole in NPA? Moreover why does he confuse this Independent post with that of a divine ruler. he has got nothing to do with immigration defence, or a sales career, for that matter.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • ingo...the march of the kippers has begun.

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    nrg

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • Disbanding the safety camera mob for traffic plod is another hint for young Austin.

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    nrg

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • As Austin is a kipper he won't be a believer in MMGW....all those touchy green cons introduced on new plod stations at mega costs must stop....sort it!!!!

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    nrg

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • He is a really nice guy. Young but intelligent and left the Tories because he couldn't stick what he knew going on on the inside of the party. So he has principles too. I'll vote for him as he is the nearest candidate we have to an Independent

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    alecto

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • Actually Ingo, Matthew has long left school and has been working continuously since leaving education. Matthew is offering a fresh choice for Great Yarmouth and Norfolk as a whole, as opposed to the stale options that you've always had. I fail to see how he is "confusing" this independent role at all; if you look at the information about the role of a PCC on the appropriate websites, you will find that they will be able to force quite an impact on local policing. Based on this information, you will realise that if a Conservative, Labour or Liberal candidate is elected into this position, you will see no change at all from what we currently have, because those candidates are all forced to tow the party line. UKIP, however, allow freedom for their candidates to make decisions that are in the best interests of their local area and constituents, even if it may go against the party-line on occasion. I sincerely hope that when this election comes up in November, those that do turn out to vote take a long hard look at what is on offer before voting for the same-old.

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    Alex Monk

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • I'd also point out ditching the useless pscos in favour of those spy drones used by other forces, keeping one spying on those white transit camps full time will halve crime overnight.

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    nrg

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • Another one of Yarmouth politics babies- Jonathon Russell, Tom Garrod and now this chap -obviously the same pattern of lack of experience outside the political field applies in local politics as in national. if he has been at university he can only have been working for a couple of years top. If he has not been to university in this day and age then I have to judge he must be an ill educated political hack-and we have had enough of them in local politics. Surely the position ought to demand a degree or equivalent-any job outside politics with the same level of responsibility certainly would, it is a disgrace.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

  • The double posts are because of my browser automatically refreshing itself and resending the information all by itself! I discovered that posts will not appear if you put any web-links in, if that's what you are trying to do.

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    Alex Monk

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • First job for this Austin Powers lookalike, once elected, is the 300k sick pay that the useless pscos cost Norfolk last year...sitting on their bum for weeks on end via full pay...sort it!!!!

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    nrg

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • I just hope whoever gets elected makes a real difference but I suspect this is another heavily funded non job that wastes taxpayers money! Nobody could be so deluded as to think whoever you vote for will change anything by appointing another politician to a lucrative government post! Keith Skipper's hilarious encouragement to take an interest in this non event should be laughed at, and the election treated with the contempt it deserves!

    Report this comment

    Harry Rabinowitz

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

  • Actually Ingo, Matthew has long left school and has been working continuously since leaving education. Matthew is offering a fresh choice for Great Yarmouth and Norfolk as a whole, as opposed to the stale options that you've always had. I fail to see how he is "confusing" this independent role at all; if you look at the information about the role of a PCC, you will find that they will be able to force quite an impact on local policing. http:www.policecrimecommissioner.co.ukcontentwhat-powers-will-pcc-have Based on this information, you will realise that if a Conservative, Labour or Liberal candidate is elected into this position, you will see no change at all from what we currently have, because those candidates are all forced to tow the party line. UKIP, however, allow freedom for their candidates to make decisions that are in the best interests of their local area and constituents, even if it may go against the party-line on occasion. I sincerely hope that when this election comes up in November, those that do turn out to vote take a long hard look at what is on offer before voting for the same-old.

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    Alex Monk

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

  • I wondered what Sacha Baron-Cohen's next project was going to be...

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    Chutney Locker

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

  • What police experience does this young man have? He may be bright and nice but would I feel safe with our police force in such an inexperienced man with such a huge responsibility? The quick answer for me is no. As for those who are saying get rid of Pcso's, and replace them with who? Norfolk constabulary are already down on numbers. The police are stretched now, and with more budget cuts coming its going to get a lot worse. I have an insight as to what is going on within the force and i can tell you that the pcso's are valued within the force in dealing with antisocial behaviour which affects the majority of norfolk people, leaving the already stretched numbers of officers to deal with the more serious issues. I have major concerns with someone calling all the shots in relation to running our constabulary when they have a political party allegiance and when, like this young man have no or very little life experience. Let alone influencing, if not leading the way in which the police force is run. This in my honest opinion should be left to the professionals ie; the chief constable. Finally i do not believe there will be anywhere near enough people go out to vote in these elections in order for the successful candidate to claim they have a mandate to run norfolk constabulary. Every chief constable will have had to have gone through the ranking structure and therefor have experience at all levels, they are the ones who have the knowledge and experience to deal with the issues in their respective areas, not a police and crime commisioner who has never had one minute as an officer. Everybody has their own priorities that they want the police to tackle, and these will be raised for the PCC and he will ask if not direct, his chief constable to deal with. What i consider a priority for my local police, will undoubtedly be different to that of a person in the next village. With the numbers of officers dwindling, through cuts to not only front line officers, but backroom staff, the requirements will not all be met. Thats just the way it is at the moment. Leave it to the professionals i say.

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    weareyellows49

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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