Police and Crime Commissioners

Everyone who stands for election to public office should commit to ending violence against women and girls


Police & Crime Commissioners 2016

We wrote to all Police and Crime Commissioner candidates individually during their elections in May 2016. These are the replies we received concerning commitments to tackling abuse of women and girls:

Avon and Somerset

Sue Mountstevens (Independent) – RE-ELECTED


Kathryn Holloway (Conservative) – ELECTED

Linda Jack (Liberal Democrat)


Jason Ablewhite (Conservative) – ELECTED

Rupert Moss-Eccardt (Liberal Democrat)


John Dwyer (Conservative)

Neil Lewis (Liberal Democrat)


Barry Coppinger (Labour) – RE-ELECTED


Mary Robinson (Independent)


Hardyal Dhindsa (Labour) – ELECTED

Devon and Cornwall

Alison Hernandez (Conservative) – ELECTED

Jonathan Smith (UKIP)

Bob Spencer (Independent)


Andrew Graham (Conservative)

Martyn Underhill (Independent) – RE-ELECTED


Ron Hogg (Labour) – RE-ELECTED


Kevin McNamara (Liberal Democrat)

Bob Spink (UKIP)


Barry Kirby (Labour)


Michael Lane (Conservative) – ELECTED

Steve Watts (Zero Tolerance Policing ex Chief)


David Lloyd (Conservative) – RE-ELECTED

Kerry Pollard (Labour)


Mike Whitehead (UKIP)


James Barker (UKIP)

Andy Pratt (Conservative)


Victoria Ayling (UKIP)

Lucinda Preston (Labour)


John Coyne (Green)


Lorne Green (Conservative) – ELECTED

Chris Jones (Labour)


Stewart Hay (Conservative)


Tony Bates (Independent)

Tony Harper (Conservative)

South Yorkshire

Alan Billings (Labour) – RE-ELECTED


Matthew Ellis (Conservative) – RE-ELECTED


Cath Pickles (Labour)

Simon Tobin (UKIP)


David Munro (Conservative) – ELECTED

Thames Valley

John Howson (Liberal Democrat)

Anthony Stansfeld (Conservative) – RE-ELECTED


Philip Seccombe (Conservative) – ELECTED

West Mercia

Barrie Sheldon (Independent)

Margaret Rowley (Liberal Democrat)

West Midlands

Pete Durnell (UKIP)

West Yorkshire

Peter Corkindale (UKIP)

Allan Doherty (Conservative)

Therese Hirst (English Democrats)


Brian Matthew (Liberal Democrat)

We asked Police and Crime Commissioner candidates to pledge to the following if elected:

  • Will you prioritise violence against women and girls with an action plan?
  • Will you improve your police force’s performance and accountability of crimes of abuse of women and girls?
  • Will you ensure women’s support services are sustainable?
  • Will you be cautious in any look at ‘restorative justice’ in relation to crimes of abuse of women and girls?
  • Will you review and change the police response to prostitution so that women ‘selling sex’ are not targeted and ensure there are ‘exiting’ support services?

You can find a longer version of the questions here.

London Mayor elections 2016 – London’s PCC

In May 2016 EVAW and Imkaan lobbied  candidates for London Mayor to sign up to specific pledges on ending violence against women and girls and are tracking what candidates say at VAWGmayorwatch.

We published a Manifesto on ending violence against women and girls and wrote formally to main candidates.

On 12th April 2016 we hosted a special hustings event at a central London location with a panel of representatives from the main parties and a well known broadcaster as Chair.

Take action! – Visit our special VAWGmayorwatch site! We encouraged supporters to use our manifesto and letters to contact the candidates directly via their websites or on Twitter and ask them what they will do to end violence against women and girls in our capital city.

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