Hopefuls can have their say

PEOPLE can learn more about candidates for Cleveland’s first Police & Crime Commissioner at a hustings event next month.

The event, at Teesside University, has been organised by Safe in Tees Valley and will be held on Wednesday, November 7, from 6pm to 7.30pm.

It will take place in the Innovation Lecture Theatre, Stephenson Building, at the university’s school of science and engineering, just eight days before the November 15 elections.

Places in the 200-seat theatre will be allocated on a “first come” basis, with people invited to submit in advance particular questions that they want debating on the night.

All the candidates will be invited to make short presentations explaining what makes them the best person to hold a post in which they will have unprecedented power and influence over local policing and public safety issues.

The original idea to stage a hustings, that puts the candidates face to face with the people whose votes they are seeking, came from John Bentley, chief executive of Safe in Tees Valley, the independent organisation that has been at the heart of community partnership initiatives to tackle crime, anti-social behaviour and safety issues across the Tees Valley since its formation in 1996.

To book a place at the event, log onto: www.safeinteesvalley.org/hustings.php