Police and Crime Commissioner hustings

At the Camcycle monthly meeting on Tuesday 3 May, the audience heard statements from the candidates standing in the election for the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) on 5 May.

Unfortunately Jason Ablewhite, the Conservative candidate, was unable to attend due to illness, so could not give answers to the questions posed by the audience. The three other candidates, Dave Baigent (Labour), Nick Clarke (UKIP) and Rupert Moss-Eccardt (Liberal Democrat), all answered questions on topics including 20mph zones, presumed liability, setting priorities and engaging with the public. At the elections Jason Ablewhite was announced as the new PCC.

Dave Baigent, a Camcycle member, was a close second. We decided to see what impact the meeting had had on those who attended. We asked attendees to put a button in the jar corresponding to the statement that most reflected their attitude following the hustings. This revealed that 23% of those who attended had adjusted their plans on who to vote for, which is very encouraging for holding future hustings events.

Monica Frisch

PCC post-hustings survey findings
I didn’t know who I was going to vote for and still don’t. 4 17%
I didn’t know who I was going to vote for but now do. 4 17%
I thought I knew who I was going to vote for but now I’ve changed my mind. 1 4%
I thought I knew who I was going to vote for and will still be doing so. 13 57%
I won’t or can’t vote. 1 4%
TOTAL 23 100%