Two candidates so far enter fray to become Leicestershire and Rutland’s next police and crime commissioner

Neil Bannister has been selected as the Conservatives' choice for the role of Leicestershire's and Rutland's police and crime commissioner EMN-151125-180821001

Neil Bannister has been selected as the Conservatives' choice for the role of Leicestershire's and Rutland's police and crime commissioner EMN-151125-180821001

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Two candidates so far have entered the fray to become Leicestershire and Rutland’s next police and crime commissioner.

Sir Clive Loader (Con), the current commissioner, has announced he will not stand for re-election in May.

Former minister Lord Willy Bach is running as Labour's candidate in the police and crime commissioner elections EMN-151125-181157001

Former minister Lord Willy Bach is running as Labour's candidate in the police and crime commissioner elections EMN-151125-181157001

Crown Prosecution Service solicitor Neil Bannister has been selected as the Conservative candidate for next year’s elections.

Mr Bannister, who lives near Lutterworth, served as a Broughton Astley parish councillor for 14 years before being elected to the Dunton ward of Harborough District Council in 2011. Mr Bannister currently chairs the governance and audit committee on the council.

Mr Bannister, who is married and has two daughters, is employed as a crown advocate with the East Midlands Crown Prosecution Service.

In June he was elected as chairman of the South Leicestershire Conservative Association.

He told the Melton Times’ sister paper, the Harborough Mail, that his ‘number one priority’ was to maximise the visibility of police officers in the community and try to ensure that ‘front line services’ were untouched.

Former minister Lord Willy Bach is running as Labour’s candidate for the police and crime commissioner elections.

Lord Bach started out as a criminal barrister in Leicester, working with the police in prosecution and defence roles. He served as Shadow Attorney General in the Shadow Cabinet earlier this year.

He has lived and worked as a councillor in both the city and county and currently lives with his wife near Lutterworth.

He said: “I want to protect local policing and work to secure a dedicated frontline police team in every neighbourhood. If elected I will work with local communities to get our fair share of funding.”

The elections will be held across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland on Thursday, May 5.