New police commissioner role is vital in the fight against crime
By early this afternoon, the Conservative Party in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland expects to have announced who its candidate for the election as the area's first Police and Crime Commissioner will be.
We have three excellent finalists for this exciting and very important job.
At present, I suspect not many readers know much about the Police Authority – who is on it and what it does.
Our first Police and Crime Commissioner is going to be a public figurehead, working closely alongside our excellent police force in the two counties and the city, as well as with the Chief Constable.
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They will set the strategic policing plan and budget, commission key services (such as victim support), and be responsible for multi-million pound organisations. And the public will expect them to deliver on their promise to fight crime and keep people safe.
The new commissioner will also be expected to do as much listening as talking. They will need to listen to all the different communities in the local area and to reflect their concerns to the police and to be accountable when things go wrong.
Leicester has adapted well to having an elected mayor and while he and I almost certainly will not agree on politics, I think having an elected champion for Britain's 14th largest city is vital.
In the same way our local GPs, health service professionals, councils and others have got on with implementing the reforms to local health commissioning and setting up new bodies such as the Health and Wellbeing Board. That is why our three local clinical commissioning groups are set to become some of the first CCGs authorised to take on responsibility for planning and purchasing most of the health services needed by their patients.
In the past week, the Government has also been concentrating on families and parenting. I know that becoming a parent is a huge responsibility. And it is unsurprising that 85 per cent of new parents have sought information to help them with parenting in the past year. Even though there is no model of the perfect parents, we all want to do what is best for our children and raise them to be healthy and happy. With so many parenting books, articles and blogs it can be hard to know where to go, or even where to start.
So, last week the Government announced a series of measures to help parents. Help for them to provide the right support for their children, help for them to cope with the transition into parenthood and help for them, if tragedy strikes, in getting the support that they need to deal with miscarriage or post-natal depression.
The NHS Information Service for new parents will provide great support for mums and dads here in Leicestershire.
This service will mean that parents aren't overloaded with information while surfing the internet, but can have relevant, useful, NHS-approved advice sent directly to their phones and inboxes.
Finally, I am pleased that the future of the AstraZeneca site in my Loughborough constituency now looks more certain.
My main priority in dealing with the closure by AstraZeneca of the site has been to ensure that we see a good number of jobs maintained and, I hope, new jobs created.
I am sorry that the hard work of many former AstraZeneca employees to see a pharmaceutical or life sciences use for the buildings has not worked out, although I still hope that, given how large the site is, this might still be possible.
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