Bach bids to be police chief

Former minister Lord Willy Bach is running as Labour's candidate in the police and crime commissioner elections EMN-151125-181157001
Former minister Lord Willy Bach is running as Labour's candidate in the police and crime commissioner elections EMN-151125-181157001

A former Labour government minister who lives near Lutterworth is to run for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner in Leicestershire.

Lord Willy Bach was a criminal law barrister in Leicester for 25 years, before serving as a government minister in a number of departments, including the Ministry of Justice as a Legal Aid Minister.

He is a former councillor in Leicester and Harborough, and was Mayor of Lutterworth in 1994. He lives in Walcote, near Lutterworth.

A police and crime commissioner is now an elected official in England and Wales, and their job is to make sure policing in their area is effective and efficient.

“Leicestershire Police are facing further cuts, yet our local Tory MPs and councillors are silent on the matter” said Lord Bach.

“I am announcing my bid to be Labour’s candidate because I fear that the future of local policing is at stake.

“Leicestershire needs a commissioner who puts communities first. People across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are being left vulnerable by year-on-year cuts to policing budgets.

“Police stations have closed, police numbers have fallen and further cuts are in the pipeline.”

Lord Bach, who has lived in Leicester and the county for more than 40 years, described himself as a “fanatical” Leicester City fan. He is also a member of Leicestershire Cricket Club. He is married, with three children. He is also a great-nephew of world famous suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.

“I want to protect local policing and work to secure a dedicated frontline police team in every neighbourhood” he said. “If elected I will work with local communities to get our fair share of funding. Only a Labour Police and Crime Commissioner will do this.”

And he said: “I want to be the Labour Party candidate because this is my home. This is where my family grew up. This is where I served as a lawyer for 25 years. I can use my experience of the criminal justice system and the local community to make a difference.”

Elections for the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire will take place on May 5 next year.

The current Commissioner, the Conservative-backed Sir Clive Loader, will be standing down. Crown Prosecution Service solicitor Neil Bannister has already been selected as the new Conservative candidate.