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Diane Abbott; MP for Hackney & Stoke Newington and Shadow Cabinet Minister for International Development is the latest senior MP to back Labour Candidate,  Hardyal Dhindsa in his bid to be elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire on May 5th. With less than a week to go, Ms Abbott joined  Mr Dhindsa and Labour Derby City Council Candidate Professor Cecile Wright on the campaign trail  and is confident that on May 5th,  Cecile will win and Hardyal Dhindsa will make history by his election as the first Asian PCC in the country. She said:

‘I ‘m delighted to support  both these superb representatives for Labour.  Hardyal I know will build upon the excellent work of outgoing Labour Commissioner, Alan Charles. Hardyal has served as Alan’s Deputy for the past three years and together they’ve kept Derbyshire safe by resisting Tory privatisation of police services and further cuts to Derbyshire’s police budget, put victims at the heart of everything they have done and prioritised partnership working, making the police truly accountable to local people. Above all, I admire Hardyal’s  ‘zero tolerance’ attitude to sexual abuse, coercive control and domestic violence and his ambition to make Derbyshire a truly inclusive county in which all people are respected and given the freedom  to live their lives in properly cohesive communities.  In 21st century Britain, we should embrace diversity and create a society of tolerance and opportunity for all.’

Hardyal Dhindsa welcomed Diane Abbott to Derbyshire and promised to ‘work until the very last second of polling time’ to ensure a victory for Labour in the election on May 5th.

‘The fact that so many senior  MPs including Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, are willing us to win  and making that happen by coming to campaign with  us shows how crucial this election is to the lives of Derbyshire  people,’ he said.

‘A Tory PCC would endanger their safety by being a cheerleader for  Government cuts to police budgets and privatisation  of police services and Tory polices  would foster communities where people distrust and fear  each other in contrast to Labour’s inclusive vision. I would like to thank everyone who has helped our campaign and pledge to the people of Derbyshire that I will be accountable to them, support the police in the essential work that they do and fight tirelessly to make Derbyshire one of the best performing police areas in the country. Labour Police and Crime Commissioners put people first. Let’s continue to do that by electing me as Derbyshire’s second Labour PCC next Thursday.

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