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Robin Wales

Robin Wales is the Labour and Co-operative Party candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk.

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Robin Wales's policies

Statement to voters

IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE The Conservative record on policing and crime in Suffolk is awful.

Full statement

As the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for West Suffolk says: “We need to be much tougher on crime … so there’s a better police presence in our towns”. This is what the Conservatives think about crime and policing after their own party has been running policing in Suffolk for eleven years!

I moved to Suffolk in 2019, after serving for 16 years as elected Mayor of Newham in east London. I tackled bureaucracy and waste so successfully that I froze council tax for 10 years without cutting services, funded 40 additional police officers, worked with police to cut knife crime by two thirds and prosecuted over 1200 criminal landlords. Our police officers had a higher arrest rate than their colleagues elsewhere.

I stand on my proven record and will apply the same rigour to improve policing and reduce crime in Suffolk. If elected I will sweep away bureaucracy, save money and focus resources on catching criminals.

My priorities:

Enforce the law by improving detection rates and arresting more criminals (90% of neighbourhood crimes are currently unsolved). Clean up our towns: targeting county lines and taking a zero tolerance approach to shoplifting and anti-social behaviour. Tackle rural crime. I will do this by:

Delivering efficiency savings and re-investing in front line policing; supporting our hard-working dedicated police officers and support staff. Allocating additional police to be tasked locally – let those who live in an area decide policing priorities. This fight is between Labour and Conservative. A vote for anyone else will mean four more years of inaction on crime. Don’t waste your vote.


Promoted by John Cook, 33 Silent Street, Ipswich, IP1 1TF.

This statement was last updated on April 19, 2024.

This statement was added by Robin Wales, their team, or by a Democracy Club volunteer, based on information published by the candidate elsewhere.

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About Robin Wales


Sir Robert Andrew "Robin" Wales is a British Labour Party politician who served as the directly elected mayor of the London Borough of Newham from 2002 to 2018. Prior to taking up that newly created role, he was leader of Newham council since 1995, having been a councillor from 1982 to 1986 and 1992 to 2002.

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Robin Wales's elections

Date Election Party Results Position
2024 Suffolk Constabulary: Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk Labour and Co-operative Party (Results due after 02 May 2024) Position not available

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