Why I’m voting for Rishi Sunak

As ballots begin to arrive for the Conservative Party leadership contest, I have been carefully considering which of the two candidates to vote for.

In the past two weeks I have had two engagements with each campaign – I joined a group call with Liz Truss and have briefly spoken to her campaign team; I also met Rishi on a group call and spoke to him personally when he visited Sevenoaks with local MP Laura Trott.

And having considered what I have heard from both, I have decided that I will be voting for Rishi Sunak.

I believe that he will be best for policing. As Chancellor, he provided the funding for the 20,000 new Police Officers and extra help for victims of crime. Programmes such as Safer Streets and BlueLight Commercial have been made possible. He speaks passionately about tackling violence against women and girls and child grooming gangs.

I was particularly impressed with his tough stance about drugs, which includes enforcement, making funding available for better treatment programmes and earlier intervention. I am planning to do some work about drugs, so this is a welcome position.

Where ideas have been suggested, such as making police funding fairer, giving PCCs more responsibility and tackling the backlog in our courts, I believe he is the most willing and able to make these happen. And he has allayed my fears about reductions in police funding going forward.

I have always believed in positive campaigning, so I will only set out the reasons why I will be voting for Rishi. I do hope, with five more weeks left of this campaign that we can focus on policy and ideas.

How one team secured over 2400 charges for burglary and thefts

Criminals sent to prison for over 1300 years.

The Crime Squad was established from your council tax three years ago to go after burglars, robbers and thieves.

Here’s how they’ve secured over 2400 charges, #MakingKentSafer.

The Crime Squad covers the entire county, with more than 30 officers operating across several different bases.

Among its ranks are specialist detectives and police officers who carry out intelligence-led patrols to disrupt criminals.

The team also has its own analyst, whose real time monitoring of crime trends allows the team to gather an intimate understanding of issues affecting a particular area.

These working arrangements mean the Crime Squad is able to quickly identify offenders, and proactively target them to stop them committing further offences.

From the time they went operational, their investigations have seen offenders jailed for 1,318 years. They have also made 850 arrests, carried out 428 warrants and issued 2,415 charges.

Over the past year alone, the team has locked up criminals for 405 years, carried out 140 warrants, made 240 arrests and received authority to issue 535 charges.

This is your council tax in action. And they’re not going away – these crimes won’t be tolerated in Kent!

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