My name is Paul Richards, and I am proud to announce that I have been selected as Labour’s candidate for Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner for the upcoming May Elections.
I live in Eastbourne with my family, and I have been an activist and campaigner for many years, standing for Labour in Lewes in 2001 and in Billericay in 1997.
In my professional life, I have worked as a special adviser at the Department of Health, the Cabinet Office and the Department for Communities and Local Government. As someone who’s worked in Westminster and Whitehall for many years, I know how to get things done for the people of Sussex.
I’ve been a victim of crime, when my home was burgled as my family slept. I know that every victim of crime is also a survivor, carrying the memory with them forever. Our system in Sussex does not support survivors of crime strongly enough, and I want to change that.
Violent crime in Sussex has risen under the Tories. Since 2010 we’ve seen police stations close and fewer police on the streets. It is nearly ten years since the Tory PCC was elected in Sussex, and local people tell me it is time for a change.
As Sussex PCC I will fight for swift justice for survivors of crime, more police, special constables and community support officers in local neighbourhood teams, and tougher action on violent crime and anti-social behaviour.
We don’t have long before the elections, so we need to hit the ground running. I look forward to seeing you during the campaign.