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David Goodall – Liberal Democrat – Website
Simon Hayes – Independent – Website
Don Jerrard – Justice and Anti-Corruption – Website
Michael Mates – Conservative – Website
Jacqui Rayment – Labour – Website
The Conservatives have chosen 78-year old former MP Michael Mates as their candidate, with the much younger Donna Jones, a magistrate and Deputy Leader of the Conservatives on Portsmouth City Council as the runner up. Previous rounds of candidates were covered on ITV and Conservative Home. The others on the longlist were:- Roger Ainsley, former Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy, from Southsea in Portsmouth; Christopher Brannigan – former Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, from Winchester; Melville Kendal, a private investment consultant and cabinet member on Hampshire county council, from Milford on Sea, near Lymington; and Seán Woodward, the leader of Fareham Borough Council and a businessman from Whiteley in Hampshire, who gave TopOfTheCops this Candidate Statement.
Mr Mates has named Lt Col Brannigan as his nominee for Deputy PCC.
In Hampshire you can be the only Labour Councillor on the Police Authority and still end up as the Chair – Cllr Jacqui Rayment moved from the undecided column to ‘in the running’ as the Labour nominations closed, and secured the nomination with 576 votes against Alan Hagger’s 335 votes. Mr Hagger had only just retired from his post as Strategic Commissioning Director at Hampshire County Council, and so was relatively new to active politics. They were subject to comment in an article about a possible split, resignation and party gagging of cabinet members in Southampton.
Former senior Conservative Councillor and Chairman of Hampshire Crimestoppers Simon Hayes is standing as an Independent.
Councillor Stephen West is standing for the UK Independence Party.
As proof that speculation is ever rife, even in quality papers, Katie Price (a.k.a. Jordan) has contacted journalists on the Guardian to let them know that she won’t be running to be Hampshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, which in a way is a shame, as she appeared to be already dressed for the part.
Other Press Coverage
The News on Donna Jones