Kidsgrove will go to the polls tomorrow morning to electing a Police Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire. These elections have being making the headlines for the lack of public knowledge and interest in the position and locally in Staffordshire Kidsgrove residents have to make the choice between Joy Garner (Labour) and Matthew Ellis (Conservative).
It does appear that only Matthew Ellis is willing to even bother to answer questions on this position. We asked both candidates what their thoughts were on Kidsgroves’ Policing needs. Joy Garner could not even be bothered to reply to any of our numerous requests, even though she could find the time to reply elsewhere. Matthew Ellis confirmed that he would not raise tax and would not cut Police numbers in Kidsgrove whilst trying to ensure the Police spend more time out on the street.
Joy Garner appears to believe she has won the Kidsgrove vote judging by the posts which have been made on social networks by Labour party members. Her election material has been criticised as Kidsgrove Police Station has not closed as such, just moved to Kidsgrove Town Hall.
If you are one of the few intending on voting and want to find out more information about who is standing locally, we recommend visitingwww.choosemypcc.org.uk/