Candidate selected for Police & Crime Commissioner election

District councillor Richard Bright
District councillor Richard Bright

A district councillor has been selected by the Conservative Party to contest next May’s Police and Crime Commissioner election in Derbyshire.

Richard Bright was endorsed as the new candidate following a selection meeting by party members from across the county at Ashover Village Hall.

The 40-year-old represents Hulland on Derbyshire Dales District Council and is also a member of the Derbyshire Police and Crime Panel which scrutinises the existing commissioner, Alan Charles.

Mr Bright is the Managing Director of a lighting firm which serves businesses across the UK.

He is also a member of Ashbourne Ex-Servicemen’s Club and Brailsford Royal British Legion Association.

Mr Bright said: “I am delighted to have been chosen by Derbyshire residents to contest the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Conservatives.

“I will be Commissioner for both urban and rural Derbyshire and will support our hardworking officers to tackle all types of crime from anti-social behaviour to traffic offences.

“I also want to get better value for money for taxpayer and I understand the need for more collaboration with other police organisations and better use of new crime-fighting technology.

“A Conservative Police Commissioner will also be able to work closely with Government to get the best deal possible for Derbyshire helping make our county a safer place to live.”

The election for the next Derbyshire Police & Crime Commissioner will take place alongside local elections in May 2016. As of yet the Labour party have not confirmed their candidate.