LABOUR and the Conservatives have now selected their candidates to stand for election as Cheshire’s new Police and Crime Commissioner.
The commissioner (PCC) will replace Cheshire Police Authority after the county goes to the polls along with the rest of the country on November 15 as part of radical national changes.
The PCC, on a £75,000 annual salary, will set the budget and local strategy for the force with the power to sack the Chief Constable who will remain responsible for operational decisions.
Labour has selected Halton borough councillor John Stockton, from Runcorn, as its candidate.
Cllr Stockton sits on the borough’s ruling executive board and unsuccessfully campaigned to become Weaver Vale MP in 2010, narrowly losing out to Conservative Graham Evans.
His first stint on the council was from 2000-4, returning again in 2006.
At the weekend the Conservatives selected John Dwyer, retired assistant chief constable of Cheshire Constabulary, as its contender.
Mr Dwyer, who lives with his wife Zena in the village of Hatherton near Nantwich, served as a borough councillor with the former Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council before its replacement by Cheshire East.
Nowadays he runs a security consultancy which assists companies to develop anti-fraud strategies.
He is the national councillor for the Merseyside Region of the Federation of Small Businesses.
Candidates have until October 19 to declare their intention to stand but must stump up a £5,000 deposit which will be lost if they do not secure 5% of the vote.