Sussex police and crime commissioner election candidate
The Liberal Democrats have named their candidate who will be standing in the elections for the Sussex police and crime commissioner in May.
Jamie Bennett, a councillor on Rustington Parish Council and Arun District Council, is the Lib Dems’ candidate for the election on Thursday May 6 when the current commissioner, Conservative Katy Bourne is expected to defend her role.
Mr Bennett was born in Brighton, grew up in the Newhaven area and lives with his wife Jo and their son Elliot in Rustington.
He has been on the parish council for 12 years and has served as chairman and vice chairman of the council. In 2019, Jamie was elected to Arun District Council.
Mr Bennett said, “I want to bring back community policing, get drugs off our streets by cutting County Lines and deliver a fairer deal for Sussex.
“Theresa May’s failed police and crime commissioner experiment has been a disaster for Sussex policing. We have seen the police force’s share of our council tax bills rocket, yet we have nothing to show for our money but rising crime, more drugs and fewer police on our streets.
“As a Lib Dem councillor in Arun, I have seen at first hand the impact of withdrawing community policing and increasing lawlessness on our streets. These have been exacerbated by Conservative cuts to youth services, mental health and road safety at West Sussex County Council.”
Former Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd has endorsed Mr Bennett.
Mr Lloyd said, “I’m absolutely delighted to endorse Jamie Bennett as police and crime commissioner for Sussex, his dedication, integrity and
commitment to residents means that were he to be elected I know he will do a fantastic job.”