Sir Graham Bright chosen as PCC candidate

Sir Graham Bright has been chosen as the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner candidate for Cambridgeshire in the election on 15 November 2012.

At a lengthy hustings meeting at Burgess Hall, St Ives on 7 September, attended by over 100 Conservatives from across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Sir Graham won the ballot.

Each of the three candidates – Sir Graham Bright, Shona Johnstone and Darren Tysoe – were given the opportunity to explain why they were the most suitable person for the role, followed first by four set questions and then questions from the members.

In the first of two votes which followed, Darren Tysoe was eliminated, leaving a straight vote between Sir Graham and Shona.  In the Party tradition, the number of votes was not revealed.

In his acceptance speech, Sir Graham thanked everyone for coming, promised to begin campaigning immediately (at the time of the meeting there were 69 days to election day) and committed himself to "providing a strong, cost-effective and accountable police force which is responsive to the population of Cambridgeshire."

"My priorities are to form a genuine partnership with the public in order to hold the police to account by setting a strategy with public input and effectively monitoring it," he added.

Sir Graham wants to work closely with local government, in particular, and with parish councils in order to get real local views.

“I will set about visiting all areas of Cambridgeshire and meeting as many people as possible in order that I can truly represent the views of the public.  This is going to be a tough job.  It is a brand new appointment and I am determined to make it work and to do the very best for the people of Cambridgeshire.”

Sir Graham, who has built a very successful international business, was Member of Parliament for Luton until 1997, worked with John Major in No.10 and has also spent 14 years in local government at both Borough and County level.

Sir Graham Bright – website.