On November 15th, voters in York and North Yorkshire will go to the polls to elect a new Police and Crime Commissioner for the first time.
My name is Ruth Potter and I will be Labour's candidate in that election.
Labour opposed the introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners because it is expensive and there aren't enough checks and balances in the system. We think the money for holding elections - over £100m - would have been better spent on 3,000 more police officers and if Labour was in government now that's what we'd do. We've already been campaign locally against police cuts for many months. But we have to make the best of a bad situation. These elections are happening, and voters face a choice between Tory candidates who must be cheerleaders for the government's frontline policing cuts or the Labour alternative:
I have been a member of the Labour party for 34 years. I have been a City of York Councillor for 12 years, holding Cabinet level positions both in control and in opposition from 2002 to 2011. I was also Deputy Leader of the Group from 2006 to 2010. I was a member of North Yorkshire Police Authority from 2005 to 2011 where I was elected to the Policy and Planning Board and the Police Authority Management Board. I represented the Authority at regional level and was also lead member for Neighbourhood Policing.
I work as Operations Manager with a York-based Community Transport organisation. I have 2 daughters and two grandsons who keep me on my toes.
I have experience working across the political spectrum.
I am hard working and a good campaigner with a wide knowledge of policing issues in the York and North Yorkshire.