Craig Martin selected as Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for the Liberal Democrats
Craig Martin selected as Lib Dem candidate for Durham Police & Crime Commissioner
Craig is the only candidate that will put more money into front line policing and make it more effective allowing our streets to be safer. He will do this in two ways, a greater focus on rehabilitation and rehab rather than punishment, which would reduce re-offending rates saving police time. He will work towards abolishing the overly expensive and unnecessary Police and Crime Commissioner role to put money into policing rather than politics. He will work to safeguard the interests of Durham residents in the face of possible takeover of Durham policing powers by a new North East elected mayor.
Craig Martin said, "Durham Constabulary is the best Police Force in the country, this is down to the officers, not the overpaid Labour PCC and despite being in a flawed funding system. Lib Dems are the only party committed to serious and radical reforms that will dramatically reduce crime across County Durham and Darlington."
"With the Lib Dems no longer in government and Labour divided, we are no longer able to effectively protect the public from reckless Conservative cuts. I am concerned this will have an impact on the safety of our communities. My priority will be frontline neighbourhood policing for all Durham's urban and rural areas. I will be fighting for funding and raising awareness of the issues to put the public ahead of politics as I bid to become Durham's next PCC."
Craig Martin is a former secondary school science teacher now working in finance, who has lived in County Durham his whole life. He has been a trustee of a charity looking after 5,000 young people across the North East, and continues this work as a local Scout Leader. Craig's previous political experience include standing in local elections and as the City of Durham parliamentary candidate. He will continue to campaign, as in previous elections, for local people's voices to be heard and their services to be protected.