Candidate for police job issues manifesto
A businessman who hopes to become elected police and crime commissioner has published his manifesto.
Suleman Nagdi is the only independent candidate to have declared his intention to run in the election for the Leicestershire post, which takes place on November 15.
The police and crime commissioner (PCC) will replace the police authority and will take on its responsibility for setting the force's budget and overseeing its performance.
Mr Nagdi, who lives in Leicester, released his manifesto yesterday and said he decided to stand as an independent because he believed party politics should be kept out of the £70,000-a-year role.
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He said: "People need to be able to see in detail what the people who want to be police and crime commissioner stand for and what they would intend to do if they won the election.
"There are hustings taking place which will enable people to hear the candidates' views, but not everybody will have an opportunity to go to those events.
"I have decided to release a manifesto – which is a series of commitments – to give people a flavour of what I stand for and what I would bring to the post if I am successful.
"I believe my experiences in business and in the community will stand me in good stead for this vital role."
The Home Office believes commissioners will be more accountable to the public because they are elected, whereas police authority members include appointed councillors, magistrates and independents.
Critics of the plan have suggested the majority of successful candidates will be members of political parties, which they fear could lead to a politicisation of policing.
The deadline for nominations is mid-October. Each candidate must provide a £5,000 deposit and a document signed by 100 residents.
The official Labour and Conservative candidates are Leicester assistant mayor Councillor Sarah Russell and former Air Chief Marshal Sir Clive Loader respectively.
Both have stressed that, if elected, they would not make decisions based on party affiliations.
They have not yet published manifestos, but more information about their candidacies can be found on their campaign websites.
General information about the post and the election can be found at: