The elements that came together to see a Conservative elected Mayor in 2008 – a national mood turning against Labour, a near-celebrity candidate in the as-yet-untarnished form of Boris Johnson, and a radical and increasingly unpopular incumbent – are not currently at hand.
I do wonder if, with all this “woke” nonsense, there has been any consideration of an equality impact assessment on funding for rural areas.
I have set up an Ethics and Transparency Panel of stop and search across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. That gives me the confidence that they are carried out in line with intelligence-led policing.
Slowly but surely, British people from all faiths and backgrounds are being confronted by a minority who hate the liberal democratic west of which their country is an integral part and to which it has contributed so much.
The tough choices we are making, to lock up the worst offenders for longer and to rehabilitate the redeemable, are the right ones to protect the public in the long term.
Language matters, especially around an emotive and complex subject such as homelessness is. There is little forgiveness for imprecision, especially within the policy environment we have created by not articulating our own vision well enough.
All of the pieces of legislation announced by His Majesty today, including the Renters (Reform) and Victims and Prisoners Bills.
A new body, modelled on the Serious Fraud Office, is needed to independently and expertly investigate allegations of criminal wrongdoing against medical professionals and institutions.
Getting a grip on the budget meant we could use the savings to pay for better IT and hundreds more police officers. We have cut anti-social behaviour by over 50 per cent across the county.
At Cifas we see the value and impact of multi-sector data and intelligence-sharing on fraudulent conduct daily. With the right protections in place to safeguard privacy and security, data and knowledge are our best weapons against this crime.
We need to increase the treatment options for those with substance misuse issues in order to stop the offending from happening.
Not only would it be another shot in the arm to the burgeoning black market, but the real long-term pressures on the NHS arise from obesity and an ageing population.
We have found a way to reduce the demand on police time from mental health episodes. It is now time to look at other demands on the police and see how they can be reduced – or how the costs can be recouped in full.