Rt Hon. Jacqui Smith, Britain’s first woman home secretary, has backed Paul Richards in the selection to be Labour’s candidate for police commissioner in Sussex.
Jacqui Smith said: ‘Paul has been at the heart of government and at the heart of his community. He would provide a strong voice for local people on crime and policing. He has the experience to get the best from local policing. He would make a fine Police Commissioner.’
Paul Richards said: ‘I am delighted to have Jacqui’s endorsement. She joins hundreds of Labour party members from Chichester to Crawley, from Hove to Hastings, who have been offering their support to my campaign. There’s real anger at the Tory cuts, and a desire for a strong campaigning Labour voice in this election.’
Paul Richards, living in Eastbourne with his wife and two sons, was a ‘special adviser’ to the last Labour government on community cohesion and counter-terrorism.