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Nick Alston – Conservative – Website
Linda Belgrove – Independent – Website
Val Morris-Cook – Labour
Andrew Smith – UKIP
Mick Thwaites – Independent – Website
Robin Tilbrook – English Democrats – ‘More Police – Catching Criminals’ – Website
Nicholas Alston CBE is a former senior Civil Servant in defence and security. John Flack, a Chartered Surveyor/property professional, and Tom Fleetwood, the former Commander of the Colchester Garrison also stood for the Conservative nomination, and I understand the result was very close, including a recount on the STV voting system.
Meanwhile former Chief Superintendent Mick Thwaites declared his interest in running as an independent in a news article with lots of criticism of the use of cautions and the impact of detection rates on policing.
Deputy Leader of Thurrock Council Val Morris-Cook won the Labour nomination with 449 votes to 355 for Chairman of Colchester Labour Party, 28 year-old Jordan Newell. Here is a photo of them together.
Robin Tilbrook, chairman of the nationalist English Democrats, said he would run for the Essex job, right after he finished running for Mayor Of London, which he didn’t expect to win, but would be standing for in order to get the Party Political Broadcast! However, he then failed to appear as a candidate for Mayor of London.
Linda Belgrove was an Independent Member of the Police Authority.
Recent press coverage and social media aggregation can be found at PoliceElections.com