Hardyal Dhindsa, Labour’s candidate for the forthcoming Police and Crime Commissioner Election in Derbyshire has received an early boost for his campaign, from the Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn.
Mr Corbyn visited Derbyshire following an invitation from Hardyal when the two met at a Local Government conference in Nottingham.
During last week’s visit to Derbyshire, Hardyal took Mr Corbyn to meet representatives from Derbyshire’s ‘Safer Places’ project at Heanor library to see first-hand the excellent support the project is offering to vulnerable local people who have learning difficulties, before visiting the Salcare project, a community hub offering help and support to local people.
Jeremy Corbyn said:
“It was great to come up to Derbyshire and visit two inspiring projects that are being delivered with support from the office of Alan Charles our present Labour Police and Crime Commissioner and Derbyshire County Council.
“I have every confidence that Hardyal will make an excellent Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire and that he will build upon the outstanding work that he and Alan have been doing since 2012.
“Hardyal has visited every area the length and breadth of Derbyshire and has taken a lead on some extremely important issues from tackling hate crime to protecting victims and vulnerable people; cracking down on domestic violence, abuse and trafficking and above all, working in an inclusive way to protect everybody who lives in this great County.
“It is important that Derbyshire has a Labour Police and Crime Commissioner so that they can continue to fight against swingeing Tory cuts to services and police numbers and I believe that Hardyal is the right man for the job.”
Mr Dhindsa thanked the Labour Leader for his visit and vowed to work tirelessly to win on May 5th and build upon the excellent foundations laid by Alan Charles, Derbyshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner:
“If Derbyshire communities are to be safeguarded and protected and the police are to be supported in the important work that they do, it is vital that we win this election,” he said.
“It was great to bring Jeremy to Derbyshire to see some of our innovative projects that support local people.
“I have assured him that just as he forced George Osborne to abandon further callous and disastrous cuts to policing, I will fight tooth and nail to oppose the Tory threat to services in Derbyshire. The safety of every single person in our county is my top priority. We need a Labour Police and Crime Commissioner in May 2016 and a Labour Government in the UK in 2020 to keep people safe wherever they live. The Police and Crime Commissioner Election on May 5th is the first step to achieving that goal.’