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Labour puts forward new Lincolnshire PCC candidate

Labour have announced their new candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner role for Lincolnshire, due for election on November 15.

Councillor Paul Gleeson was elected to serve on Boston Borough Council in 2011, and will now be the Labour PCC candidate for Lincolnshire.

He was shortlisted as one of the two Labour candidates for the role, and will now take over from Phil Dilks, who stepped down on Friday over a historic offence that happened some 44 years ago.

Paul Gleeson said: “This Tory Government is making the wrong choices on crime, taking frontline police off the streets, weakening powers to deal with anti-social behaviour, and opening the door to the privatisation of core services.

“In Lincolnshire we are already seeing the impact of these wrong choices with 32 fewer officers since the general election and a prediction that Lincolnshire could lose 138 officers by 2015.

“I will put fighting the impact of these reckless changes at the heart of my campaign.”

Richard Davies (Conservative), independents David Bowles and Mervyn Barrett, and English Democrat Elliott Fountain are also standing for the Police and Crime Commissioner role in Lincolnshire.

The elections will take place on November 15 and the new PCC will decide the future of the Lincoln police station and the expansion of the Nettleham HQ.