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Sheffield Local News: Kash Walayat Labour Candidate For South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Election

Four candidates have been short listed as the potential Labour candidate for South Yorkshire Police Crime Commissioner whom labour party members will vote on during the summer as their representative in the public vote of November 5th, 2012.

Kashaf Walayat, age 41, has over 20 years experience of serving the South Yorkshire communities, including as a City Councillor and member of the South Yorkshire Police Authority.

Shaun Wright, age 44, has been a labour party member for 20 years, Labour councillor for 12 years and is the current Vice-Chair of the SY Police Authority.

Meredydd Hughes is the ex Chief Constable for South Yorkshire Police, who only recently joined the Labour party and last year criticised the creation of the role of Police Crime Commissioners as "a mistake".

Alan Billings is a retired Anglican priest who has served at several churches including Sheffield where he was the Deputy Leader of the City Council.

Kashaf Walayat Candidate Statement

Citizens of South Yorkshire should be able to feel safe and secure whilst going about their day to day business without fear of crime;

I have over 25 years at senior management level within both public and private sector areas relating to Policing, Education, Housing, Health and Central & Local Government. This experience means I am well qualified to address the tremendous challenges facing the police resulting from the current economic downturn whilst delivering an efficient and effective strategy to reduce crime;

I strongly believe I am the best Police and Crime Commissioner candidate for Labour in this area because of the following:

  • I have the full range of competencies and senior management hands on experience at a strategic level for improving the service delivery, this includes direct responsibility for management of multi-million pound budgets, corporate governance and staff resources.   
  • Through my extensive experience on community projects, my political activity in the Labour Party and work, I am able to demonstrate that I have the required strategic, operational, and community experience for this role.   I believe I have the necessary breadth and depth of political acumen, sector knowledge and leadership skills to improve organisational performance, connect with the public and ensure a reduction in crime and best quality outcomes for people.
  • I care greatly for South Yorkshire and want to ensure all the residents of this area get the greatest benefit possible from the police and criminal justice services.  I will fight tirelessly to ensure South Yorkshire gets the best deal. 

My priorities would be to:

  • Reduce and prevent crime and the perception around the fear of crime.
  • Improve the Police service performance and maximise effectiveness of existing resources and technologies.
  • Strengthen visible neighbourhood policing and address antisocial behaviour.
  • Engage with the public, Labour party members and connect with all communities and victims of crime.

Kashaf undertaking a routine Police inspection as part of his role on the SYPA.

My Commitment and Determination – as a candidate, I have recently resigned after 25 years service as a senior civil servant with the Department for Education and chair of a housing company.


Personal – I am married with 4 children, born and educated in Sheffield.  Having worked extensively across Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster I am in touch with communities;

South Yorkshire Police Authority – I was appointed for my professional skills and expertise as an independent member in 2007; having previously served as a Labour member in 1997 I continue to provide that important accountability element in policing;

Kashaf Raising concerns with Labour Leader Ed Milliband of how this government is cutting South Yorkshire police funding by 20%.

Community Work - I am an former Labour councillor,  trade unionist, former area panel chair, former school governor, ward officer and charity chair.  A trained carer, I understand the needs of vulnerable people and the elderly;

Kashaf welcomes Harriet Harman MP Deputy Leader of the Labour Party to South Yorkshire, an opportunity to discuss the need to strengthen front line policing in our communities.


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