PCC candidates confirmed

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The CANDIDATES to become Greater Manchester’s first Police and Crime Commissioner have been confirmed and it will be a five horse race.

Former mayor of Wigan, Michael Winstanley, is standing as the Conservative representative alongside Labour’s Tony Lloyd MP and Matt Gallagher of the Liberal Democrats.

UK Independence Party nominee Steven Woolfe announced his candidacy last week and is joined by late entrant and Independent representative Roy Warren.

Elections for the new PCC role will be on November 15 and everyone on the electoral register will be eligible to vote.

Donna Hall, chief executive of Wigan Council and the borough’s Returning Officer, said: “This election is only a few weeks away and we want to remind residents who aren’t already registered to vote, or those who want to request a postal vote, that there is still time to do so. It’s a quick and easy process and we’d encourage people to act before it’s too late.”

The new PCC role has been established to replace police authorities and will be in charge of the 41 forces in England and Wales.

They will be responsible for setting priorities for their force, overseeing the budget and hiring the chief constable.

Further elections will then be held every four years with the next set taking place in May 2016.

A booklet will be delivered to all households this month giving residents details about the elections.

For more details visit www.greatermanchesterpccelection.org.uk

UKIP candidate Steven Woolfe will reveal his plans for policing in Wigan in Wednesday’s Evening Post.