Newly selected Labour candidate, Lord Willy Bach, makes tackling domestic violence, hate crime, anti-social behaviour and putting victims of crime at the very heart of what he does, his top priorities as he campaigns to become Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Willy Bach was confirmed as Labour’s candidate today, Monday, 15th February. With a background as a barrister, a government minister in the justice department, former shadow attorney general and currently Labour’s shadow justice spokesperson, Lord Bach has the experience and commitment needed to take on the role as PCC for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Speaking after the announcement, Willy Bach said:
“I am honoured to have been selected to be the Labour candidate for the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Police and Crime Commissioner role.
“This is an important job and needs to be done by someone with experience and knowledge. Over the last six years the cuts that have been imposed on Leicestershire Police by the Government have been extreme and damaging. The fall in police numbers has been 413 or 18 per cent of the total. This is unacceptable and in spite of great efforts by the Police themselves, it obviously affects the quantity and strength of policing, particularly in neighbourhoods and communities.
“With the fear of further cuts ahead there is a job of work to do for the next Police and Crime Commissioner.
“I have the experience and commitment to stand up to the Government and fight for a fair deal for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland – to protect our local communities who face bearing the brunt of these cuts.
"If I am elected in May, I will provide the support and assistance that our local police need so that we can put victims first. We will tackle and bring to justice serious organised crime networks, criminals who target people's property, and gangs who make life a misery for ordinary people.
“We will work to reduce incidences of anti-social behavior, tackle domestic violence and protect children and the vulnerable. And I will ensure that victims of crime are always heard and are at the very heart of what we do to make Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland an even safer place to live and work.”
Willy has worked as a barrister in Leicester. He is a former Government minister in the justice department and shadow attorney general.
He is currently Labour's shadow justice spokesman.
Willy lives in Leicestershire near Lutterworth with his family. He has lived in the city and county for over 40 years and has served on councils in both.