Peter Andras – Liberal Democrats
Vera Baird – Labour – Website
Alastair Baxter – UKIP
Phil Butler – Conservative – Website
Former Solicitor-General Vera Baird has been selected as the Labour candidate, after receiving 1,921 votes against 635 for Sunderland councillor Tom Foster floated the possibility of her running for Police and Crime Commissioner in Northumbria. She seemed to test the waters with rumours before announcing she was running, as did other former Ministers. She qualifies as local, having rented a flat in the area.
Newcastle City Council cabinet member Henri Murison stood down when he felt there was a better candidate running. Leader of Gateshead Council Mick Henry was rumoured, but preferred his current role. Former North Tyneside mayor John Harrison was a possible, and Cestria Community Housing Association Chairman Paul Tinnion was a candidate. Sue Pearson meanwhile was longlisted for Labour but didn’t make the shortlist.
Retired Police Officer Phil Butler has been chosen as the Conservative candidate. Retired Tyneside Detective Inspector Stewart Hay was the only publicly known Conservative in the running.
Meanwhile the Evening Chronicle reported that former LibDem MP Lembit Opik is also in the frame to stand in Northumbria. Cheeky! Here, he nearly begs the LibDems to enter the field just so that he can run. They chose Peter Andras instead.