Party Politics Vs An Independent
If you read the Dorset Echo interview of me as a candidate you will see the reporter comment:
Interviewer: Party political candidates have suggested they have greater access to political mechanisms, MPs, ministers.
So let’s examine that comment in detail.
- Yes, the party politicians will have access to their Ministers, whether in opposition or in Government. But the trade-off for that is that they will expected to follow party lines, and follow the whip. That takes away independence, and the solutions needed for Dorset alone. I have access to the same Ministers. As an Independent PCC, I work with Ministers all the time. I chair one of the PCC national groups and I lead nationally on the “use of force” and for mental health issues
I am very busy nationally. I have sat with the Home Secretary on national groups, and she has praised my work.
- We have 8 MP’s. In 2012 7 were Tory, and 1 was Lib Dem until all 8 became Conservative in 2015. I meet them in Parliament, I meet them in their constituency, and I meet them as a group. I have met constituents with our MP’s individually.
Two of our Dorset MP’s have worked with me in relation to Private Members Bills. I have met two MP’s in Parliament in the last 4 weeks.
- In the past 3 years, some of my meetings with the Policing Minister have been with a Tory PCC present as well. Being Independent is not a block to making things happen.
I regularly lobby Government, and I have succeeded in many areas.