David Watts

Liberal Democrat Councillor For Bramcote, Parliamentary Spokesperson for Newark, Editor of Challenge Magazine for the Green Liberal Democrats and Crime and Policing Spokesperson for Nottinghamshire Learn more

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Police and Crime Commissioner

by David Watts on 2 April, 2021

I’m delighted to now be confirmed as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner election in Nottinghamshire. I’d like to thank all my colleagues for putting their trust in me. This is the first time that the Lib Dems have contested the PCC elections in the county and so we’re going at this all guns blazing.

In my campaign I’ll be highlighting three key aims. First the police and the public need to work in partnership to tackle crime, second the police and the criminal justice system must be given the resources to do their job properly, and third I want an evidence based approach, looking at what works and not just party political dogma.

I do believe that I have the necessary skills to do the job well. I am a practising solicitor specialising in criminal law, and I hold degrees in Business Law (LLB) and in Criminology (MSc), together with a National Diploma in Business Studies and Finance. This gives me the academic and intellectual background necessary, plus the day to day practical experience of the system.

Voting for the PCC takes place on 6th May, the same day as the County Council elections. It is by the supplementary vote system, so you indicate your first and second choice on the ballot paper. This is a far fairer way of voting than the first past the post system which produces incredibly distorted results. It means that there are no wasted votes.

I’m asking everyone to give me their first preference votes in the 2021 police and crime commissioner election. Together we can do this.

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