Kent’s current Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott, has been unanimously re-selected by Kent Conservatives and will stand again as the Conservative candidate for Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner on 7th May 2020.

At a packed meeting of Kent Conservative Party members, councillors and MPs on Saturday 18th May 2019 Matthew Scott sought and was granted the unanimous support of Kent Conservatives.

The meeting, chaired by the Rt Hon Damian Green, Member of Parliament for Ashford, took place at Lenham Community Centre.  Matthew Scott who has served in the post since May 2016 spoke to members about his record in office, which includes:

· The recruitment of 450 more Police Officers by the end of 2019

· Protecting 300 PCSO posts and seeing them given more powers

· Making it easier to report crime by improving 101 performance

· Offering more help for victims of crime

· Helping bring back the Police cadets scheme for young people.

Matthew Scott PCC says: “It has been an honour to serve as Police and Crime Commissioner and I am delighted to have again been endorsed as the Conservative Party’s candidate. I believe that I have shown the importance of this role in being a voice for victims, the vulnerable and the voiceless whilst championing the needs of local residents and businesses.

“And whilst Kent Police is now deemed the best Police force in the country, there is still more to be done to continue this improvement. Victims and witnesses need a justice system that works for them. Residents want to see the new recruits out on the street, investigating and catching criminals. I want to do even more to provide opportunities to stop people becoming involved in a life of crime.

“We can only achieve this if I am re-elected as your Police and Crime Commissioner in May 2020.”

Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party and Faversham and Mid Kent MP Helen Whately said: “Matthew’s commitment to mental health and ensuring people get the right care from the right person is making a difference locally and nationally. He’s also doing a great job making sure policing responds to what people want, including more police at the frontline and making it easier to report crime.”

Rt Hon Damian Green MP said: “Matthew has restored faith in the office of Kent Police and Crime Commissioner and deserves four more years.”

Tom Tugendhat MP said: “Matthew has shown how valuable this role can be by supporting and listening to local residents, getting good value for Kent taxpayers and making sure that everyone is working together to keep our county safe.”

North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale said: “During his time in office Matthew has delivered on his promises and I am delighted but not surprised that he has been re-selected to stand again as our Police and Crime Commissioner.

“Kent’s MPs have a great working relationship with Matthew and we look forward to that continuing.

Rehman Chishti MP, Member of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said: “Matthew is working hard to boost police resources in Medway which will include a Taskforce to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour in our towns. I’m also pleased he’s supported mental health projects in the area that help people access support out of hours when in need.”

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