Ben Howlett, the Member of Parliament for Bath, has congratulated Mark Weston on being selected as the Conservative candidate for the upcoming Avon & Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Elections.
Mark has been a local Councillor for nine years, he is the Leader of the Conservative Group on Bristol City Council and a member of the Police and Crime Panel that scrutinises the current Commissioner.
He lives with his wife and two children in Brentry, North Bristol.
Ben Howlett said: “Mark has a reputation as a hard worker and has campaigned right across the region from Taunton to Bath, from Yeovil to Yate.
“He will be an excellent candidate and will campaign on key issues that really matter to local residents.
“Police and Crime Commissioners give local people a real say in how they want their police force to be run and I am delighted that Mark has been selected, through an open primary, to run as the Conservative candidate for this vitally important position.
“His priorities for Avon & Somerset including putting the community at the heart of policing, fighting for fair funding for Avon & Somerset and reducing ASB, whilst speeding up the justice process. I wish him the very best of luck in his election.”
Following his selection Mark commented: “It’s a great honour to have been selected. I am standing because of my firm belief in the importance of community based policing.
“There are those that will argue that ‘bobbies on the beat’ do little to cut crime rates but I disagree. I believe that they are vital for restoring public confidence, cutting anti-social behaviour and reducing re-offending.
“I am committed to preserving visible policing across the region but I also want talk to local people to find out what your views are for policing and how you’d like to see things changed for the better.”