Just coming in, Joy Garner has been announced as the Labour candidate for the role of Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner in the elections in November.
Joy was up against former police authority chairman Michael Poulter in the vote and currently sites on Staffordshire Police Authority & Staffordshire Joint Police and Crime Panel.
Joy won the postal ballot 402 to 351.
Joy will be up against a yet to be decided Conservative candidate to become the Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner in November.
Pits n Pots have learned that there are around 7 or 8 Conservative candidates from across the county who want to become the Conservative PCC candidate, County Councillor and Cabinet member Robbie Marshall and Neill Harvey-Smith the party’s deputy chairman in Stone have both been publicly named.
The remaining candidates have not yet put their heads publicly above the parapet but there is rumour of at least one of the as yet unnamed conservatives being from from one of the North Staffordshire councils.
There are not expected to be any independent candidates as there is a £5000 deposit required to stand as a candidate for PCC. The Liberal Democrats have been instructed to only put a candidate forward if there are no suitable other candidates in the force area.